Eight people suffered heart attacks while running the Mumbai Marathon 2020 on Sunday. While one was declared dead on arrival at the Bombay Hospital, the rest were admitted to the hospital.
The hospital’s PRO told ANI that 64-year-old Gajanan Maljalkar died of cardiac arrest while running the marathon.
Dr Atul S. of the Bombay Hospital told HuffPost India that Maljalkar, who was running in the category of senior citizens, was suffering from diabetes and hypertension. He collapsed after running 4 km. The doctor added that most of the people who were brought for treatment at the hospital were suffering from other ailments such as obesity and diabetes and needed expert care to prepare for the marathon.
Two more people were admitted to the hospital after they suffered a heart attack. Himanshu Thakkar, 40, is currently undergoing angioplasty while the other person, whose name is not known yet, has been discharged.
The half marathon began at 5.15 am and the 10k run started at 6.30 am. The 10k marathon started from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CST) station in Mumbai, and thousands off runners ran through the city, touching the Bandra-Worli Sealink, Marine drive, Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Haji Ali and Peddar road on their way.
In November last year, police inspector Nitin Kakde, a gallantry awardee who was part of anti-terror operations during the 26/11 attacks, died while preparing for this year’s marathon.
Kakade, who was then posted as reader to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II), was jogging at Marine Drive when he collapsed in the morning. He was rushed to GT Hospital, where he was declared dead before admission due to cardiac arrest.