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Runner dies during London marathon

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Runner dies during London marathon


A 30-year-old woman died during the London marathon on Sunday less than a mile short of the finish line.

She was attended to by medics and taken to hospital, but efforts to save her life were futile, according to the organisers.

She collapsed in Birdcage Walk, near St James’s Park, which is the road that connects to Mall, the street at the end of which stands Buckingham Palace.

A statement on the website of the marathon organisers said: “We would like to emphasise that our immediate concern is for the family of the deceased. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them at this difficult time.”

In the 32 years that the race has taken place in the British capital, 10 people have died, including five who had heart problems but were unaware of it, according to the Guardian.

More than 37,000 runners took part in the 26.2 mile course this year. Thirty people were taken to hospital compared to 68 in 2011.

Fastest of all was Wilson Kipsang who fell four seconds short of a new record. He crossed the line just after 2:04:44 from the start of the race.

“I am so sorry I didn’t ditch the record but winning is the most important thing for me,” said Kipsang after Prince Harry had presented him with his winner’s trophy.

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