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29-year-old runner collapses and dies 1km from finishing StanChart Marathon

29-year-old runner collapses and dies 1km from finishing StanChart Marathon
A 29-year-old runner collapsed and died at this year's Standard Chartered Marathon. PHOTO: Wee Teck Hian
Published: 11:24 AM, December 4, 2016
Updated: 1:13 PM, December 4, 2016

SINGAPORE – A 29-year-old Caucasian man collapsed before finishing the half-marathon at this year's Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on Sunday (Dec 04), and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The unnamed individual was 1km away from the finish line before collapsing. He was immediately attended to by medical personnel on scene and was subsequently taken to hospital.

TODAY understands that the deceased is an overseas participant. Organisers have declined to reveal details of his identity for now.

This is not the first time that a runner has died at the annual StanChart Marathon. The most recent incident was in 2011, when Mr Malcolm Sng, 22, died after completing a half-marathon. He was later found to have been suffering from a heart condition, and had died from acute coronary insufficiency.

Commenting on Sunday's incident, Mr Geoff Meyer, managing director of the race organiser, Ironman Asia, said: “Tragically, we have had a passing of an athlete. He was immediately attended to and transported to hospital, but unfortunately he has passed.

“We're working with all our stakeholders with regard to this (incident), but our main priority and focus is the family…we've done everything we can for the family and we will continue to support them, and I'm sure the stakeholders and authorities will investigate more into this incident.”

Around 46,000 people took part in the marathon on Sunday morning.