In a shocking turn of events, a 36-year-old athlete died after collapsing on the track during the 2022 London Marathon. According to reports, the deceased lost consciousness with just three miles to go of the long-distance race and was provided medical treatment at the scene, but he was declared brought dead in the hospital.
The organisers of the event decided not to reveal the name of the deceased but informed that he hailed from South-East England. Reportedly, the deceased collapsed between mile 23 and 24 of the race. The organisers of the London Marathon expressed their condolence to the family and friends of the deceased and requested privacy from the media.
"Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express sincere condolences to his family and friends. The family has requested privacy and no further detail will release in accordance with their wishes," read the statement.
However, the real cause of the death is yet to be examined. As per local reports, more than 40,000 people took part in the 26.2-mile race between Greenwich in South London and the Mall. Thousands more joined by completing their marathon challenge virtually in a 24-hour window.
Amos Kipruto and Yalemzerf Yehualaw clinched the elite men's and women's London Marathons, while Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner broke the course record in the elite wheelchair races. Kipruto raised his arm in celebration as he claimed victory in 2:04:39. The Kenyan broke away from the pack late in the race with a powerful surge and finished ahead of Leul Gebresilase and Bashir Abdi.
Meanwhile, Yehualaw registered victory in the elite women's marathon in her first ever attempt, falling just short of breaking the course record with a time of 2:17:25. The 23-year-old Ethiopian finished ahead of last year's winner Joyciline Jepkosgei and compatriot Alemu Megertu after pulling away with three miles to go.