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Hearing-impaired runner joins race to honor mogul

TAIPEI--A hearing-impaired gold medalist runner from Australia returned to Taiwan to pay tribute to late Taiwanese entrepreneur Wang Yung-ching in a memorial road run yesterday.

Melinda Vernon, who won two gold medals in the 2009 Taipei Summer Deaflympics with record-breaking performances, said she came to pay respects to Wang, who had donated hearing aids to people like her prior to his death in 2008.

The 26-year-old broke the records for the women's 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters in the first Deaflympics hosted by Taiwan.

The 5-km Yung-Ching Wang Run was established in 2009 by the Formosa Plastics Group, which Wang founded in 1954, to promote regular exercise and raise public health awareness.

More than 7,000 participants ran in Taipei, while a similar number took part in a run in Chiayi County, where Wang started his career.

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