Medical: No fatalities or serious injuries

2008-06-15 00:00

STAFF at the medical tent was happy to report that not only were there no fatalities at the Comrades Marathon this year, but the injuries sustained were not too serious.

One athlete, who claimed to have entered the Comrades 13 times and completed only two, tripped and fell in the first half hour of the race.

He lost his front teeth and was unable to complete the race.

Medical chief Dr Jeremy Boulter said 143 patients required serious medical attention after completing the race and were carried into the medical tent on stretchers. Eight of them were referred to St Anne’s hospital for cardiac problems and low blood sodium levels.

Another 304 patients were carried into the St John’s tent for rehydration and rub downs.

At the time of the interview, Boulter was unable to reveal the number of athletes rescued on route to the finish and number of athletes taken to hospital after the race.

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