Organizers of Warsaw Marathon have been heavily criticized for failing to assist a Kenyan runner who collapsed about 800 meters from the finish line.
Recho Kosgei who was leading the women’s race and ahead of her competitors by almost three minutes collapsed during the race on Sunday and could be seen struggling to get up.
Before collapsing, she could be seen wobbling from side to side and turning her head backwards for about a mile.
She eventually, slowly, collapsed to the pavement about 2 hours, 30 minutes into the 42km race.
A video which has been circulating online shows her as she struggled to get up with two runners finally catching up with her two-and-half minutes later.
One of the runners who was in the men’s race tried to help here but she remained on the ground.
However, an Ethiopian runner Bekelu Beji zoomed past them not breaking her stride to help. She eventually won the race.
Kosgei did not finish and was eventually treated by medical personnel, according to Polish media.
Former Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir acknowledged that it was not proper to assist an athlete finish the race but said Kosgei’s case was different.
“This is beyond acceptable although it’s illegal for race official to help a runner. I think there comes a time when logic takes over @iaaforg,” tweeted Korir.
Saddique Shaban, a renowned sports writer and commentator, said the organisers of Warsaw Marathon are on the spot for failing to assist Kenya’s Recho Kosgei, dangerously needing help, in Sunday’s event.
“Why would an @iaaforg Bronze Label event allow such travesty ? What if she were a local athlete? Would she be left fighting for her life?” posed Shaban on his twitter handle @ SaddiqueShaban.
“Cases of athletes dying in road races, mostly amateurs, have been on a rise. But this was no amateur athlete,” added Shaban.
Julius Kemboy @JKembo tweeted, “Oh no! I hope she is now in good health! Organisers have responsibility to ensure the athletes get all assistance in the race!”
Another veteran sports journalist Makamu Mbaisi was shocked by the incident. “Warsaw Marathon really?? Where were the medics?.”