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Deaths in Guangzhou Marathon Draw Criticism

Second runner dies

Another death in the first marathon held in the Chinese city of Guangzhou has drawn criticism that the race was mismanaged. Ding Xiqiao, a 25-year-old real estate agent, was about 900 feet from the finish of the race's 5K when he collapsed. Ding's brother said it took 20 minutes for paramedics to arrive and that they had to call a second ambulance because the first was not outfitted to treat the runner. "First aid came from other runners," Ding Hongqiao said. "Why did the professional medical staff arranged by the marathon organizers come so late? I think human errors were made, and [my brother's death] was not simply an accident." Ding never emerged from a coma. Another runner, Chen Jie, 19, died of cardiogenic shock after crossing the finish line of the 10K.

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