he winner of Sunday’s Beijing Marathon was Ethiopia’s Dejene Debela Gonfa. The loser was a man from Zhejiang province surnamed Chen.
Near the finish line of the race, Chen was caught on camera reaching out and seemingly grabbing a female volunteer’s breast as he ran by the woman, leaving the scene with a big smile on his face.
In no time, Chinese netizens had uncovered Chen’s identity and accused him of molestation over WeChat. In response, Chen wrote first that he was merely trying to “high-five” the woman and that it was only the angle of the camera which made it look like he had molested her. When pressed, he admitted that he had touched the woman, but insisted that he had only grazed her stomach, not her breasts.
To strengthen his defense, Chen even attempted to argue that after jogging for more than 37 kilometers, he didn’t have the energy to think about sexually harassing someone.
However, many Chinese netizens are less than convinced. “Do you think we are all blind? What you did is right there on video!” wrote one. “Your vulgar smile cannot hide your dirty mind,” added another.