Wang Xiangdong managed to become China’s top finisher despite his predicament. If this isn't motivation, we don't know what is!
Netizens everywhere have shown appreciation to a top Chinese male sprinter, who won his category despite having to run more than six kilometers of the Shanghai international half-marathon while experiencing the sickness we all hate – diarrhea!
Wu Xiangdong felt uneasy after 10km of running the marathon, and from the 14km mark onwards he constantly needed to relieve himself the only way he knew, as he attempted to keep up his pace amid the 21km race.
Naturally, he had to use the portable washroom to finish some of his incomplete business. Moreover, it's safe to say that Wu would definitely have tried to forget about his rather awkward encounter over the weekend.
Embarrassed by the entire scene, Wu conceded that he felt 'unwell', however, continued running 'until I achieved my mark,' "Even I couldn’t stand the smell," added Wu, who completed in one hour, six minutes and 16 seconds.
"I kept running and didn’t stop [to go to the toilet because there weren’t any] and I wanted to beat the African runner at the finish. I was really relieved when I crossed the finish line. It seemed I had more power after I excreted everything [during the race]," he further expressed.
"I definitely would have run faster if I didn’t have this [episode],” he added. Wu, who completed as China's top finisher at the race, said he may have had diarrhea in light of the wet garments he was wearing. "Or it was because I only had a piece of bread and drank mineral water," he said.
"I don’t think it was because of what I ate. It was a mighty relief to have had the toilet in the end. I don’t want to remember this race," he added. Naturally, the news of Wu's predicament almost instantly went viral on social media and it annoyed various people with some netizens claiming it must have been a 'smelly marathon.'
Yet, numerous netizens stood in support of the Chinese sprinter, saying he was 'brave' to have finished the half-marathon in such desperate conditions. "I personally want to pay tribute to him. Don’t insult athletes. This is a common occurrence in marathon running," said one netizen.
And we totally agree. It can happen to potentially anyone – even marathon legend, Paula Radcliffe, who needed to relieve herself amid the 2005 London Marathon is a standout amongst the most popular instances of all. "It must have been tough to run and finish the race. I think he has shown good spirit," said one netizen.