Everyone suffers from Diarrhoea at some point and it’s a uniquely debasing and horrific experience that is not quickly forgotten – and it certainly won’t be forgotten by Chinese runner Wu Xiangdong who never stopped jogging despite, mid-marathon, experiencing a terrific bout of, yep, you guessed it…
Although, smelliness aside, the runner was successful in managing to finish first from his country! So I guess it was probably worth it?
Wu Xiangdong’s excretion episode (by which I mean he pooped himself in case you didn’t get the euphemism) occurred only 14km into the 21km long race, but he never stopped running as he wanted to achieve his goal! Interviewed afterwards, and presumably after he’d been to the toilet, he said:
“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.”
Seems he was relieved about 7km earlier if you ask me…
Apparently Wu felt a little iffy at 10km but managed to hold down the fort until the 14km mark when he just had to let the diarrhoea go, and claimed, ‘It seemed I had more power after I excreted everything [during the race]. I definitely would have run faster if I didn’t have this [episode].’ He also said that by the end, ‘Even I couldn’t stand the smell.’
As embarrassed as he may feel about it, Wu managed to finish the half-marathon in an impressive time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 16 seconds, which is amazing! Talking about what may have caused the freakin’ mess in the first place, he had this to say:
“It was [probably because] I only had a piece of bread and drank mineral water. 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.”