“Smoking Brother” Wins Marathon While Smoking – Singapore News

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If smoking is already bad for your health, smoking while running a marathon makes it even worse, but here’s what a Chinese ultramarathon runner did recently. Known only as ‘Uncle Chen’ but popularly referred to as the “Smoking Brother”, the 50-year-old won an entire 26-mile run and broke his previous record while smoking cigarettes.

He placed 574th out of 1,500 runners with an impressive time of 3 hours, 28 minutes and 45 seconds, Metro reported. And according to Running Magazine, this wasn’t the first time the 50-year-old runner from Guangzhou has been photographed smoking during a marathon. Previous photos of Chen fuming while running surfaced during the 2018 Guangzhou Marathon and 2019 Xiamen Marathon.

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Mixed reactions

TBEN Sports reported that there were conflicting reactions from people on various social media platforms when photos of Chen went viral. There were several praising both his ability and his agility, while others criticized his habit of openly smoking during the race. Still, others think he shouldn’t smoke during the game.

One Instagram user said, “There goes my hero. Watch him smoke. Another joked and said, “So this is what peak performance looks like.” Someone commented on Weibo, “Whoever runs next to him is out of luck.”

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Currently, there are no rules prohibiting marathon runners from smoking cigarettes during the race.

Why smoking brother?

A subjective report from Running Magazine indicated that Chen smokes only when he runs. Thus a question arises. What’s with those cigarettes he always uses? Are those his secret weapons? Would it be too much to think that the cigarette smoke might contain fortifying drugs, allowing Chen to withstand the rigors of the breed despite his age? And how come he only smokes when he runs marathons?

It’s a known fact that some athletes take performance-enhancing drugs like steroids to improve their game, so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched if this is also the case with Chen. Speculative but possible.

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