22-year-old runner collapses and dies after finishing 21km half marathon

Padang, Sunday, December 4, 2011 — A runner collapsed and died after finishing his 21km event this morning at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore.

According to the organisers, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), the 22-year-old Chinese male collapsed after he crossed the finishing line at around 8:23am, one hour 57 minutes after he started the race. He was immediately attended to and was sent to the Singapore General Hospital where he was declared dead at 9:30am.

The Straits Times (Monday, December 5, 2011, p.A1) identified the runner as Malcolm Sng Wei Ren, a student of the Singapore Management University.

19,700 runners started the 21km half-marathon race at 6:30am on Sentosa.

“The Organising Committee will assist the Police in its investigation. The Organising Committee extends its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” said a statement from the organisers.

This is the first death at the running event.

There have been five previous deaths at endurance events.

2005
Ho Wai Piew, 40, had a heart attack during the swim leg of the New Balance Corporate Triathlon.

2006
Colonel Bernard Tan, 39, died after a sudden cardiac arrest 600m from the finish line at the Singapore Biathlon.

2007
National triathlete Thaddeus Cheong, 17, died of heart failure after finishing a SEA Games time trial.

Army officer Ho Si Qiu, 25, died after finishing the Army Half Marathon.

2009
Calvin Lee, 42, died while attempting the swim leg of the Osim Singapore International Triathlon.

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  1. Oon Jin Teik

    This is a very sad day for Singapore Sports… Every sports safety incident is preventable! A totally independent panel must be appointed to probe for causes and corrective actions.

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