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RE: WTF Comm Games Marathon Madness
Not sure it is fair to blame spectators, there were clearly people trying to reach thru barrier to try to comfort him. People with no medical training or long distance running experience would have no idea what to do, and be worried about jumping onto the course. Also don't assume people with phones out were taking photos, may have been trying to call for assistace via facetime, hands free etc to try to convey seriousness of situation.
I do think there is a concern about how long it took to get officials and medics there. Even if the athlete is refusing help, they still should be able to get there within a minute or two for someone in such obvious physical distress.
Really hope the runner is ok.
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