SINGAPORE - A 25-year-old woman died after running a 10 kilometre route of the NIKE We Run event held on Sunday morning.
According to a report by Shin Min Daily News, the deceased unexpectedly collapsed before the finish line, located near Raffles Avenue. The paper identified her as Wu Kailin, an employee at ST Engineering, a subsidiary of ST Electronics.
The organisers of the event confirmed that a female participant had collapsed near the finish line and was attended to by emergency medical rescue officers. She was rushed to the hospital, but she unfortunately died.
She was pronounced dead at 12.30pm.
The organisers expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to her family for their loss.
Close friends say the deceased and her long time boyfriend had been contemplating marriage and had even bought a home in preparation.
A female friend told Shin Min that the deceased had always been healthy, and she did not expect her to pass away so suddenly.
Doctors interviewed by the evening daily said that the reasons behind such deaths are usually congenital problems.
Heart and surgical specialist consultant Dr Yuan Zhixiong told the paper that sudden cardiac death is divided into two categories: those above 35 years old, and those who are below 35 years of age.
He said common causes of sudden cardiac death of those above 35 years of age include cardiovascular obstruction, while for those under 35 years of age, the culprit is often congenital disease caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a primary disease of the muscle of the heart in which a portion is thickened without any obvious cause. It is perhaps best known as a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
He encouraged those who exercise regularly to undergo a physical examination to detect such problems early.