Local Teen Set to Race

0715_scene_local teenTaking first place in the 4×400-meter relay and second in the 400-meter race at qualification rounds, teenage athlete Xiang Miaochan of Hengli Town secured an invitation to the IAAF World Youth Championships. She is the only Dongguan athlete attending the event in Cali, Colombia from July 15 to 19, a biennial international athletics competition for athletes under-18. The 16-year-old girl showed athletic potential and was selected by teachers from Dongguan Sports School when she was in fifth grade. After three years of intensive training, she was enrolled on the provincial track and field team. “I feel so lucky,” she told local media. “It’s a great opportunity to attend such a big international competition. It’s also a chance to learn from excellent athletes from all over the world.”

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