During their recent visit to the US, Hung Kuo-chang and Lu Kuan-lin became the first two visually impaired runners from Taiwan to participate in the Boston Marathon — one of the world’s six most renowned marathons. Hung said his biggest wish at the event was to be seen by the world when crossing the finish line with Taiwan’s flag.
The Boston Marathon is an annual race taking place in Boston, Massachusetts on “Patriots’ Day,” the third Monday of April. The 38-year-old Hung said he had trained for about three years for the event. By competing in international events, the marathoner hoped to show others that visually impaired people can overcome all kinds of challenges and engage in extreme sports, just like everyone else.
Due to space and safety constraints, only 70 runners are allowed to participate in the visually impaired division. Hung and Lu were led by their guides throughout the 42km race.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Liberty Times
(CNA, translated by Eddy Chang)
1. visually impaired phr.
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2. marathon n.
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3. finish line phr.
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4. marathoner n.
(ma3 la1 song1 pao2 zhe3)
5. extreme sport phr.
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