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Taiwanese ultra-marathoner suffers suspected food poisoning

2011/06/06 20:55:52

Taipei, June 6 (CNA) Taiwan's ultra-running star Kevin Lin, whois currently running the old Silk Road to promote environmentalsustainability, fell victim to suspected food poisoning in IranMonday, possibly at the hands of his group's disgruntled driver.

Lin was admitted to a local hospital, and began to feel betterafter receiving treatment, a representative of the group Lin foundedto raise environmental awareness through expeditions, The HomeExpedition, told the Central News Agency by phone.

He returned to his hotel in the afternoon to rest and wasexpected to resume running on Tuesday, The Home Expeditionrepresentative said.

Two Chinese runners in Lin's group -- Bai Bin and Chen Jun --began showing symptoms of food poisoning early Monday morning beforebeing sent to the hospital, according to a report by CTi Television,which is documenting their adventure along the old Silk Road.

The CTi TV report said Lin's driver may have poisoned the groupby adding Flunitrazepam, or FM2, to their drinking water to getrevenge for being fired.

When asked to confirm the report, The Home Expeditionrepresentative said that Iranian police were still investigating thecause of the runners' discomfort and that no further information wasavailable.

Officials at the Ministry of Foreign affairs said Lin Cheng-te,director of the Taiwan Trade Center in Tehran, was on his way tovisit Lin to see if he could offer any assistance to the group.

The "Running the Silk Road" expedition, which aims at raisingawareness of water shortages in communities along the old Silk Road,began in Istanbul, Turkey on April 20 and is scheduled to conclude inXian, in China's Shaanxi Province, on Sept. 16.

Meanwhile, Canadian runner Jodi Blommer has withdrawn from thecampaign, citing difficulties in keeping up with Lin and the rest ofthe runners in the group.

(By Hsiao Pao-hsiang, Emmanuelle Tzeng and Ann Chen)