After a brief hiatus, the Afghan vietlophobe running girl has returned to the limelight.
On Monday, Vicky Wang, a Chinese citizen, posted a video of herself running on the streets of Beijing with a friend in a city known for its heavy police presence.
The video, which has been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube, has been dubbed “the running girl of Beijing.”
Wang was filmed by her friend as she crossed the street in front of a Chinese government building, with the caption: “This is the running girl I ran on the street of Beijing last year.”
Her friend was filmed with her, too, standing next to her, saying: “Vicky, this is my running girl.”
Wang, who grew up in southern China’s Sichuan province, was among more than two dozen women who participated in a popular Chinese women’s marathon last month.
Wang was one of the runners who ran through the city’s Tiananmen Square on the same day as the marathon.
Her popularity in China has prompted a number of celebrities to follow her lead.
Wang recently received a special award at the Chinese government’s Cultural Revolution Day celebrations.
Wang, who was named China’s female athlete of the year in 2009, is now hoping to earn the same honor.
She told The Associated Press that she’s still planning to run the Beijing marathon, but only if she can find another Chinese woman to join her.
“I think the Chinese people will understand me as a runner,” she said.
“I will be the first female runner who can compete in Beijing.”