The 52-year-old runner who collapsed and fell into a coma at the finish line of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon on Sunday has died.
The woman, surnamed Lee, was pronounced dead at 3:41 p.m. Monday after multiple organ failure at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The actual cause of death has yet to be determined, pending an autopsy, Ming Pao Daily reported. A medical report showed she used to have a heart problem.
Lee ran with her husband in the 10-kilometer race. It was the first time she joined the annual marathon, although she had participated in similar events before.
She was rushed to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai after her collapse before she was transferred to the intensive care unit of the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.
Both Standard Chartered and the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) expressed their condolences to Lee’s family, with the organizer offering necessary assistance.
Lee was the fourth runner who died in the event’s 21-year history.
Runners are reminded to have a medical check-up to make sure they are physically fit before participating in the marathon.
Louie Lobo Hung-tak, an associate professor of the Department of Physical Education at the Hong Kong Baptist University, said medical check-ups are important because many health problems and physical infirmities are not readily apparent.
The casualty rate in Hong Kong’s marathon events is not high when compared to worldwide statistics, but people need sufficient training before participating in long-distance running, Lobo said.
A spokesman for HKAAA said runners should consult their doctors before signing up for the event, adding that the organizer performs a thorough review after each year’s marathon to seek better arrangements in the future.
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