Today’s Vienna City Marathon ended in tragedy after a runner collapsed shortly before the finish line and later died at the hospital, writes Kronen Zeitung.
According to the Austrian paper, the forty-year-old Austrian man running the half marathon distance was only 50 meters from the finish when his heart stopped. Staff at the scene’s health insurance resuscitated him and tried to stabilize his condition until the ambulances arrived. They were immediately taken to hospital, but the doctors there fought in vain for his life, early in the afternoon his heart permanently terminated the service.
This was the third death since the start of the Vienna City Marathon in 1984. The health of civilian starters is not checked, anyone who thinks they can run 42 or at least 21 kilometers can start.
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