The Great Ethiopian Run road race organizers say two runners were taken to hospital where they later died after collapsing during the race. The exact cause of the death or the identity of the victims were not announced. The organizers made the announcement on social media.
Around 45,000 people competed in Sunday’s race, including Olympic 5,000 meter champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya and former world half-marathon champion Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands.
The Great Ethiopian Run was started by the country’s distance-running great Haile Gebrselassie in 2001 and is the largest road race in Africa.