In a shocking turn of events marathon runner Ryan Shay from the United States collapsed during a trial race for the Olympics. He was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead at on November 3, 2007 at 8:46 a.m.
Although fellow marathoner and running buddy Ryan Hall finished first in the race, his victory was dampened by the sad news.
Although his autopsy has not yet been released, it has been speculated he had overworked his hard, which subsequently hit its physical limits and imploded during the race. Prior to the race, he had been fit as a bull.
“He’s strong physically, probably the strongest runner out there … physically, he was healthy, never had anything happen to him.”
– Joe Vigil, Shay’s coach
It’s saddening, really, how people like Ryan who work so hard to maintain their fitness all their lives can end up loosing all they have struggled for in an instant.
- New 28-Year-Old Marathoner Dies in Olympic Trials (New York Times)
- What was the cause of death of top distance runner Ryan Shay? (Yahoo Answers)