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Chinese marathon runner loses race after being handed national flag

Nov 20, 2018 - CNN

BEIJING (CNN) -- To patriotically embrace the national flag, or win a marathon?

That was the dilemma facing a Chinese runner during the final phase of the Suzhou Marathon in eastern China on Sunday.

While running her final leg, athlete He Yinli was handed a Chinese national flag from a "volunteer" who rushed to her from the sideline.

He -- who was trying to overtake the front runner -- held on to the flag for a few seconds before dropping it to the ground. She ended up losin...