‘This is Indonesia’: Race-walker collapses after 50km of heat, smog

first_imgClick here for more weather related news.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Hayato Katsuki of Japan took gold with 4:03:30 — 23 minutes slower than the last Asian Games — with a well-judged race, after making holes in his vest to improve ventilation.Fellow Japanese Satoshi Maruo set the pace for much of the way but fell back in the final 10km, ending 10 minutes behind the winner and out of the medals.China’s Wang Qin took silver, and Joo Hyun-myeong of South Korea bronze.‘#WeBreatheTheSameAir’“It was just so hot. The walkers in front went fast at the beginning but I paced myself as I knew they would slow,” said Katsuki. “I was prepared. I made cuts in my vest to help the air flow.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan’s Kumiko Okada (front) competes in the women’s 20km walk race competition during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Juni KriswantoIndonesia’s Hendro said it was a “miracle” to even finish the 50km race walk in Jakarta’s brutal pollution, heat and humidity Thursday after he was carried from the finish line on a stretcher.Hendro collapsed after pounding the Indonesian capital’s smoggy streets for more than four-and-a-half hours in 31 Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) heat to finish last, in the Asian Games’ slowest 50km (31 miles) walk for nearly three decades.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The winning time was the slowest since the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing. Three racers did not finish.Hendro’s efforts drew the biggest cheers from the home crowd, applauding his brave effort as he persevered long after any medal chance had vanished, to finish in 4:32:20.As well as finding it hard to breathe, he was battling an old ligament injury in his right knee.“It was so painful,” he said. “I was thinking — I must finish. This is my first time in the 50km. I didn’t want to make my coach disappointed.“I’m so proud of the fans… they came here to support me.”But Hendro also called for future races to be shifted away from hazy Jakarta to elsewhere in Indonesia’s Java island.“There are no trees here, all buildings,” he said. “In the low altitude, pollution and humidity, it is difficult for all Asians,” he said.Two athletes were disqualified for illegal steps, while China’s Wang Riu retired.Jakarta’s air pollution came under fire earlier in the Games when activists unfurled a giant banner showing a person wearing a gas mask and the message “#WeBreatheTheSameAir”. View comments The air quality index in central Jakarta hit 163 on Thursday morning. A reading of more than 150 is considered a health threat to the general population.After being doused in ice water by medics Hendro, 28, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was carried to the medical center shouting incoherently with pain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The race was so difficult — the hot weather, humidity, and not just the humidity but the pollution,” he said after recovering. “Racing here is not easy. This is Indonesia.”“This is a miracle for me I can finish. This is a miracle,” he added. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Asian Games: PH’s Watanabe gets crack at judo gold Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img

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