The NYC Marathon men’s race leader collapsed as Evans Chebet finished first
A Brazilian runner who competed and led New York City Marathon on Sunday knocked down.
Daniel Do Nascimento ran the first half of the race in an incredible 1:01.22, which put him two minutes ahead of the course record pace. He led by nearly two minutes for the first 15 miles before he began to slow.
He collapsed just before the track returned to Manhattan and was quickly treated by medical professionals. A few miles earlier, he took a 20-second bathroom break and stopped walking before collapsing.
Race officials later said he was fine. The race took place in unusually warm temperatures. Temperatures were in the 70s.
Evans Chebet from Kenya won the men’s round. He finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 41 seconds. He finished just 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Shura Kitata of Ethiopia.
Chebet said he saw Do Nascimento fall, but continued to race on. He said he was “sorry but had to continue the race”.
“He knew it was hot and humid and that (Do Nascimento) was going at a high pace,” Chebet told reporters through a translator. “He has a lot of experience and he knew he was going to be outmatched.”
Chebet won Boston Marathon earlier in the year.
Sharon Lokedi from Kenya won the women’s division.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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