Satara: A 32-year-old man died after collapsing while running a half marathon in Satara city of western Maharashtra on Sunday, police said. The incident occurred during the Satara Hill Half Marathon (SHHM), organised by the Satara Runner Foundation, a non-profit organisation, they said.
Raj Patel, who hailed from neighbouring Kolhapur district, collapsed a few meters away from the finishing line during the 21-km run, police and the event organisers said.
”After he collapsed, the marathon organisers immediately took Patel to a hospital, where he was declared dead. We have registered a case of accidental death and an investigation into the incident is on,” a police official said.
One of the organisers said that Patel was known as an expert athlete and he was also an international badminton player.
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He said that doctors at the 108 Ambulance Service tried to save his life by giving him a cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Patel was then taken to a private hospital, where doctors tried to revive him, but he could not be saved, he said.