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One critical and two in serious condition in hospital after running in Hong Kong Marathon

Woman reported to have had heart attack after finishing 10km race

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 February, 2017, 12:23pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 February, 2017, 5:12pm

At least three people were in a serious condition in hospital on Sunday after running the Hong Kong Marathon.

The Hospital Authority said one 52-year-old woman and two men, aged 46 and 23, were first sent to Ruttonjee Hospital, Wan Chai, in a critical condition.

The woman was later transferred to Eastern Hospital, still in that condition.

It is believed she collapsed at the finish line in Victoria Park at around 9am, having completed her first ever 10km race.

Reports at the site said she fell unconscious after having a heart attack. Medics had tried to resuscitate her with a defibrillator.

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The two men had regained consciousness by the afternoon, and were still in serious conditions.

Runners have died on the Hong Kong course over recent years.

In 2015, a 24-year-old man running the 10km race died in hospital hours after collapsing just 100 metres from the finish line.

And another man, 26, died in 2012, moments after completing the half-marathon.

There have been calls to impose compulsory body checks for entrants, but experts have dismissed the idea as impracticable, and pointed out no marathon in the world had such a requirement, because of the huge costs.