Date
27 May 2017
The 52-year-old woman (inset) was rushed to hospital after collapsing at the finish line. A total of 853 participants required medical service during Sunday's race. Photos: HKEJ, Cable TV
The 52-year-old woman (inset) was rushed to hospital after collapsing at the finish line. A total of 853 participants required medical service during Sunday's race. Photos: HKEJ, Cable TV

First-time marathon runner, 52, collapses into coma

A 52-year-old woman is in critical condition after collapsing and falling into a coma at the finish line of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon on Sunday.

The woman, surnamed Lee, ran with her husband in the 10-kilometer race, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. It was her first time to join the annual marathon.

Lee, who is said to have a history of heart disease, is now receiving treatment at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.

The Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, the organizer of the race, said a total of 853 participants required medical service during the race, with 27 people taken to hospital and one person suffering a shock.

Louie Lobo Hung-tak, associate professor of the Department of Physical Education at the Hong Kong Baptist University, said shock cases in long distance races usually involve people aged 35 and above who have high blood pressure or high concentration of fats in the blood.

Dr. Duncan Ho Hung-kwong, a cardiologist, told Ming Pao Daily that people with heart disease are generally not recommended to enter marathon races, as running could increase a person’s heart rate and the loading of the heart by four to five times.

Lobo said runners should do stretching and take enough rest after the race.

They should also avoid going places which are crowded or with bad air quality as their immune system could remain weak for two to three days after the race, he added.

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