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Piggy Runing Competition in China

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Pig sprinters stop before the finish line of a 50-meter race at a special sports meet for pigs in Ningxiang County in China's central Hunan Province on Saturday.

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Obviously, the sprinters are not professionals. Before the finish line of a 50-meter race, they stopped as if they were hesitating. A brave athlete finally reached out one leg to cross the line. But unfortunately, one of his competitors crossed it a few second earlier, by stretching his neck to smell something on the ground.

The race was one of the events held at a special sports meet for pigs in Ningxiang County in China's central Hunan Province on Saturday. The county, one of China's largest pig-raising areas, hosted the meet to promote its major industry.

Porcine athletes from 10 breeding companies across the country took part in different competitions, including hurdle-jumping, swimming, short-sprinting and eating.

A 1,040-kilogram porker also was exhibited at the event. Its owner said he intended to donate the giant sow to next summer's Beijing Olympic Games.
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