Pollution fears for long distance and endurance events

In a marathon held in Osaka, Japan on Saturday several runners were taken away on stretchers from heat exhaustion. High temperatures, humidity and high levels of pollution in Osaka are conditions that athletes will be facing in Beijing next year. Beijing’s pollution could even be worse than that of Japan.

‚ÄúFor me, it was the hardest race of my life because the condition is no good,‚Äù said Jos?© Manuel Mart??nez of Spain, the 10th-place finisher, standing a few feet from where another competitor toppled over without warning. ‚ÄúI hope the Olympics will be better. If Beijing is going to be anything like this, I don‚Äôt know what we will do.‚Äù

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Posted by Mike 12 years ago

filed under: Men's Marathon, News

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