Disabled athletes conquer marathon in wheelchairs
Li Qi, the first athlete to cross the finish line in the whole marathon, said that he wished to tell other people with disabilities that they can do the same things that others can do. Li trained for months before the marathon, and his muscles in his upper arms are much stronger than those of ordinary wheelchair users. Li posted more than 20 kilometers every day in his wheelchair while in training.
Athletes in wheelchairs take part in the Fuzhou International Marathon.[photo/cdpf.org.cn]
Before the start of the competition, the athletes put on a dancing show for local citizens. They were all obviously excited to be there.
The Fuzhou International Marathon is the first competition to include a disabled running team. A citizen at the event said that no matter if a person is disabled or not, they should take part in sports with everyone else.
It rained in Fuzhou on the day of the competition, which was a test for all the racers. Despite or perhaps especially because of the wet conditions, spectators and the other athletes all cheered for the wheelchair team.
The team is preparing for the 2017 Wuhan Marathon. The athletes are from Fujian, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Heilongjiang and other provinces. Li Qi said that he hopes to take his teammates out to other provinces and countries, and let more people see their positive spirit. “Doing sports helps the disabled find their confidence and self-esteem,” said Li. He hoped that there will be more opportunities for the disabled to take part in public events and win recognition from others.