Great Britain’s Mo Farah, owner of multiple Olympic gold medals and world titles in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, collapsed at the finish line of the New York City Half Marathon on Sunday.
Having fallen early on in the race, Farah made a big move down the stretch, beating out Stephen Sambu for second place by one second. The effort took it’s toll, however, and Farah collapsed upon crossing the finish line. He was tended to by the medical staff on hand and then was taken away in a wheelchair.
Farah discussed the scary scene with reporters later in the day, asserting that the collapse wasn’t a big deal:
“I do remember sort of passing out. I tried so hard in the race, taking a fall and then going through. But, yeah, I’m all right. It’s fine. It’s not a big deal.
“I’m not sure what happened. I just remember sort of falling down and just hitting the ground quite hard. I got caught on my hip, my ankle, the whole right-hand side. The last four miles I struggled a bit. I was pretty much seeing stars.”
He also took to Twitter to assure fans of his health:
Hi guys..I’m doing ok..thanks for the concern.. disappointed with today.. I gave 110%.. couldn’t do any more… sorry guys….
— Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) March 16, 2014
In other race news, Geoffrey Mutai was the winner on the men’s side of things, while Sally Kipyego took home the women’s title in record time.