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Zhang Huimin, eight, rose each day at 0230 and ran about 1.5 marathons (64km, 40 miles), Xinhua news agency said. Her father accompanied her on a bicycle.
He said the feat was aimed at drawing attention to her Olympic potential ahead of the Beijing games next year.
He denied forcing her to run, but some experts have said it amounted to abuse.
Originally posted by The Phantom
no 8 year old i've ever met would wake up at 2:30 AM and run a marathon and a half
Originally posted by Badge01
I used to get up at 4:30 every morning, rain or shine to go ride a bike two miles and pick up a 25lb pack of newspapers and deliver them for two hours before school on my bike, seven days a week, though I was probably 14 by then.
I'm not trying to defend abusive practices; they are clearly wrong. A case could be made that for an 8 year old there is no 'voluntary'.