Runner, 56, dies while taking part in 10km event in Kota Kinabalu


Medical personnel attending to the victim after he collapsed during the run.

Medical personnel attending to the victim after he collapsed during the run.

KOTA KINABALU: A man who collapsed during a 10km race in the Borneo International Marathon (BIM) here on Sunday (April 28), was declared dead on arrival at Hospital Queen Elizabeth 2.

Bitah Sabenting, 56, fainted as he neared the finish line at the Likas Stadium at about 7.45am.

Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm Habibi Majinji said the victim and his family travelled from Kota Belud to participate in the run.

According to him, the family arrived in Kota Kinabalu at around 4.30am for the 6am flag-off.

ACP Habibi said Bitah was sent to Hospital Queen Elizabeth 2 at 8.58am and was pronounced dead by medical personnel there.

His body was then taken to Hospital Queen Elizabeth 1 for a post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death.

Police have ruled out foul play and classified the case as sudden death.