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Belgium's own Captain Tom: 103-year old retired doctor completes marathon for COVID-19 research04:14

Belgium's own Captain Tom: 103-year old retired doctor completes marathon for COVID-19 research

Belgium, Rotselaar
July 2, 2020 at 08:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

Retired Belgian doctor Alfons Leempoels, who is 103 years old, finished a marathon to raise money for COVID-19 research as seen in the Belgium municipality of Rotselaar on Wednesday.

Rotselaar residents cheered on as the retired doctor, who was inspired by Captain Sir Thomas Moore, popularly known as Captain Tom, finished his marathon. He then became an honorary citizen of the Flemish town.

Dr Leempoels raised 25,000 euros (more than $28,000) for the hospital attached to the nearby University of Leuven, where researchers are working to find a cure for COVID-19.

Each day Leempoels completed ten 145 metres (475ft) laps of his garden. To keep count of the laps, he would put a stick into a pot after each turn.

Belgium's own Captain Tom: 103-year old retired doctor completes marathon for COVID-19 research04:14
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Retired Belgian doctor Alfons Leempoels, who is 103 years old, finished a marathon to raise money for COVID-19 research as seen in the Belgium municipality of Rotselaar on Wednesday.

Rotselaar residents cheered on as the retired doctor, who was inspired by Captain Sir Thomas Moore, popularly known as Captain Tom, finished his marathon. He then became an honorary citizen of the Flemish town.

Dr Leempoels raised 25,000 euros (more than $28,000) for the hospital attached to the nearby University of Leuven, where researchers are working to find a cure for COVID-19.

Each day Leempoels completed ten 145 metres (475ft) laps of his garden. To keep count of the laps, he would put a stick into a pot after each turn.

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