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Delhi half-marathon goes ahead despite smog, health warnings

NEW DELHI: Tens of thousands of runners on Sunday (Nov 19) choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed.

More than 30,000 people, some sporting pollution masks, braved a hazy morning to run through the Indian capital despite almost two weeks of hazardous smog that forced schools shut for several days.

The US embassy website on Sunday showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants hovered near 200 – eight times the World Health Organisation’s safe maximum – for the duration of the 21-kilometre race.

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