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US Distance Runner Ryan Shay Dies During Olympic Marathon Trials


U.S. distance runner Ryan Shay has collapsed and died during Saturday's U.S. men's Olympic marathon trials in New York's Central Park. He was 28.

Shay, a native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, a Notre Dame graduate and the 2003 U.S. marathon champion, hit the ground near East 75th Street in Manhattan about nine kilometers into the 42.2 kilometer race.

Emergency medical personnel rushed to care for him and Shay was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, but doctors were not able to revive him. The cause of his death has not been released but an autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

USA Track and Field CEO Craig Masback issued a statement saying that Shay was a great competitor who was in New York to pursue his dreams. Masback said the entire U.S. athletics community is heartbroken by his death.

Shay's death put a damper on the celebrations for Ryan Hall, who won the race and qualified for next year's Olympics with a time of two hours, nine minutes, two seconds.

Dathan Ritzenhein also made the Olympics when he finished second in a personal record of two hours, 11 minutes, six seconds. Brian Sell was third (2:11:40) and also qualified for Beijing.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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