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Tests due after marathon woman dies
Tests to establish how a 30-year-old runner collapsed and died as she neared the finish line at this year's London Marathon are expected to take place in the coming days.
The woman, who is yet to be formally identified, fell to the floor as she made her way along Birdcage Walk, near St James' Park, on the final stretch of the 26.2 mile course, said the event's organisers.
She was given medical attention by paramedics but died at the scene on Sunday afternoon.
A statement on the London Marathon website said: "We would like to emphasise that our immediate concern is for the family of the deceased. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them at this difficult time."
The statement added: "We will not be releasing any further details of this tragic incident until next of kin have been notified and formal identification has taken place. We would ask for your understanding in this matter."
The fatality occurred with the finishing line only one bend away. Birdcage Walk borders St James's Park and is the last road that runners have to travel before reaching Buckingham Palace where they turn onto The Mall on which the finish line is located. Competitors do not reach Birdcage Walk until after completing 25 miles of the marathon.
The tragic death was the 10th since the London Marathon began in 1981. Five of the previous fatalities were a result of heart disease in runners apparently unaware that they had a problem. Four of these were cases of severe coronary heart disease. The last competitor to die was a 22-year-old fitness instructor in 2007.
Prince Harry was among the cheering crowds as tens of thousands of fun runners and amateur athletes completed the 32nd London Marathon.
Up to 37,500 runners set off through the streets of the capital to earn their medals and raise money for countless charities.
Runners were given a Royal welcome as the Prince offered support to those crossing the finish line. He joked that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge planned to run the 26.2 mile course next year, as he met volunteers and presented prizes to the winning athletes.