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Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring 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 U.S. Embassy website Sunday showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants hovered near 200 – eight times the World Health Organization's safe maximum – for the duration of the 21 km race.Some athletes complained of side effects from the polluted conditions which worsened as amateur runners – the bulk of Sunday's competitors – huffed and puffed around Delhi's smoggy streets later in the morning.
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