Heat proves too hot to handle for Russia’s Svetlana


Can’t take the heat: Svetlana Gomboeva receiving assistance from her teammates after collapsing at the archery range. — Reuters

TOKYO: A Russian archer recovered after fainting in the Tokyo heat during a qualifying Olympic round as a heatwave pushed coaches and staff to huddle under trees for shade.

Svetlana Gomboeva collapsed as she checked her final scores and required assistance from staff and teammates who put bags of ice on her head to cool her down.

“It turns out that she couldn’t stand a whole day out in the heat,” coach Stanislav Popov told reporters.

“This is the first time I remember this happening. In Vladivostok, where we were training before this, the weather was similar. But humidity played a role here.”

Gomboeva quickly regained consciousness after collapsing but needed to be taken out of the arena on a stretcher by medical officers.

Later she said that she would resume competing.

“I feel okay, my head hurts a lot. I can and I will shoot!” Gomboeva, who finished the round 45th among 64 archers, wrote in her Instagram story. — Reuters

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