Six runners and a race official suffer heart attacks during Beijing Marathon amid 'unhealthy' pollution. (South China Morning Post).
Six runners and one race official suffered heart attacks during yesterday's Beijing Marathon.
One was a 30-year-old man who suddenly passed out just 4km from the finish line of the 42km race. The Legal Evening News said he had regained consciousness after being rushed to hospital. He was one of six runners and one official to have been taken to hospital after suffering heart attacks, The Beijing Times reported.
At 10am, shortly after the fastest runners were finishing, the US embassy in Beijing recorded an Air Quality Index level of 175. It classes levels between 151-200 as "unhealthy" and advises people to "reduce prolonged or heavy exertion" during such periods.
Some of the runners wore masks as protection.
About 30,000 runners took part in this year's event, with the mass of participants so great it took nearly half an hour for all of them to cross the start line, state news agency Xinhua reported.