SA runner shaken but safe in Boston

2013-04-16 14:22
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Boston bombings: situation overview

2013-04-16 10:48

Listen to the Boston Police Commissioner give an overview of the situation and see pictures from the scene after bombs killed three and injured over 140 during the Boston Marathon.VIEW

Johannesburg - South African Lindsey Parry said on Tuesday he feels reasonably safe in Boston after two blasts there during the city's marathon.

University of Pretoria Institute for Sports Research sports science head Parry was less than half a kilometre from the blasts.

"I'm not feeling particularly unsafe. Once it happened, I thought 'that's it, it's over'," Parry said.

Lockdown

"The city is in lockdown and the emergency procedures they had in place beforehand for this type of thing are amazing.

"It's a pity they couldn't prevent it from happening, but unfortunately you can't account for lunatics."

Parry, who finished the race in two hours, 47 minutes, 51 seconds (2:47:51), confirmed he had not been hurt, but said he had heard reports of two South Africans suffering minor injuries.

Another South African runner, Kirsten Leemans, who was travelling with Parry, also escaped injury.

Reports confirmed that elite woman's runner Rene Kalmer and wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk were also not hurt.

"I was about 400 metres away and fortunately I was indoors at the Lenox Hotel at the time of the blast," said Parry.

"Perhaps I had a false sense of security because I was inside, but everyone we're travelling with is fine.

Paranoia

"We were obviously shaken up by it, but it could have been a lot worse."

The situation was dealt with immediately after the blast, Parry said.

This had helped calm the runners and spectators.

"The way they cleared the areas and searched bags, it made us feel safe," he said.

"There is a certain level of paranoia, when you're looking at every parked car on the road wondering if there's another bomb inside, but once we were back at our hotel we felt much safer."

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