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Taiwan's Tommy Chen wins Bhutan ultramarathon

2018/06/02 15:58:58

Tommy Chen (Image taken from his Facebook page)

Taipei, June 2 (CNA) Taiwan's ultramarathon athlete Tommy Chen (陳彥博) on Friday battled through excruciating pain and difficult natural conditions to win the six-day "Bhutan The Last Secret 200km 2018," clocking 23 hours, 45 minutes and 58 seconds.

Throughout the Himalayan race, which ranges in altitude from 1,200-3,600 meters above sea level, Chen had to endure thin air and blisters on his heels.

"I endured pain over nearly 75,000 steps and almost ran all the way on my palms. I was on the edge of collapse, begging for mercy, when I was on the downhills," Chen wrote on his Facebook page after the competition.

In addition to the harsh terrain, Chen also carried food, emergency supplies and numerous equipment in an effort to find course markers on his own.

"I was hanging in there for each step I made. I was pushing my limit for each step I made. My brain was screaming for each step I made," he said, but added that "I had to try my best because others worked harder than I did."

Chen only recently recovered from a ligament laceration on his left knee after a competition in Italy last year, before enrolling in the Himalayan event.

He said he has been treated by local doctors and will now take a long rest.

(By Lee Chi-wei and Lee Hsin-Yin)