Chinese marathoners raising their own chickens to avoid drug test problems

Maggie Hendricks
Fourth-Place Medal

Wanting to avoid any problems with drug tests, a group of Chinese marathoners decided to take their food into their own hands. Marathoners in China are raising their own chickens.

"Since we don't have a canteen to provide safe food, we have to cook meals ourselves because it is risky to eat at a street restaurant," the newspaper reported a team official as saying.

They also will get yak meat from a local herdsman to avoid eating restaurant food. More than anything, the athletes want to have complete control over their food supply to ensure clean eating.

Their fears are not unfounded. Clenbuterol, a banned substance, is often fed to livestock. When a judo gold medalist tested positive, she blamed pork chops. British Olympians were warned not to eat liver to avoid that and any other steroid injected into meats.

More importantly, it gives the marathoners a chance to train with chickens. Think of what it did for Rocky!

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