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Friday Fail: A Rectangular Track in China

The only track in the world to have right angle corners.

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The only track in the world to have right angle corners. 

A couple months ago Chinese sports officials completed refurbishing a 100,000-square-foot stadium in Tonghe County in northeast China. At first glance, the makeover seems to have been an immaculate success from the perfectly laid grass in the center to the massively improved seating for spectators. Except for one glaring eyesore—the rectangular track with 90-degree bends. According to The Telegraphthe original track had worn-down curves that needed an upgrade, but due to a surprise, last-minute visit from officials of the Communist Party, workers were instructed to paint right angles instead of curves because it was faster and easier to do so.

This video is from a Chinese regional news program called Newsnight, in which a bemused reporter attempts to run the track. We may not understand what he’s saying but the look of utter confusion on his face says it all.

“It’s impossible to run on such a surface,” says Zhang Yong, a local long-distance runner quoted by The TelegraphHe adds that the track is an abomination to his profession. We couldn’t agree more.