Helge Arnfinn Holmen, a 58-year-old Norwegian, completed the race in just over two hours and went into cardiac arrest a few meters from the finish
The TotalEnergies Half Marathon of Malaga this Sunday dressed in mourning, with the death of one of its competitors, the Norwegian Helge Arnfinn Holmen, a regular in this test (he was in the thirtieth edition and in the 2019 edition) and in others in the area and with 58 years. After completing the race with a record of two hours, eight minutes, and 59 seconds, he practically collapsed after crossing the finish line with a cardiorespiratory arrest.
The athlete, apparently with a residence in Oslo and a job as an executive at a technology company, was immediately treated and within seconds an ambulance was placed at the finish line in case he needed to be rushed to a hospital, but the athlete received medical attention who was present at the finish beforehand failed to resuscitate during the approximately 45 minutes during which the maneuvers were performed. After this time, the bad news was confirmed.
The thirty-first edition of the Malaga Half Marathon, starting around the Ciudad de Málaga stadium and ending inside it, had some 5,500 participants and had been run with great organization up to that point, with even Kenya’s Kiptoo Chumo holding the record for the test.
The incident that happened this morning in Malaga during a long-distance athletics event with many participants has hardly any precedent. Only the one that happened in 2019 in the Urban Race. A 30-year-old participant from Melilla, Jesús Millán García, became unwell in the last stretch, in the Capuchinos area, and could not be resuscitated by immediate medical attention.
Source: La Verdad