In Summary
  • Kosgei said she was cleared by Polish medics to travel back after receiving treatment at a hospital in Warsaw.

Recho Kosgei, whose video went viral after she collapsed just 800m to the finish line in Sunday's Warsaw Marathon in Poland, arrived in the country on Tuesday and said she was fine and ready to resume training for the next race.

Kosgei said she was cleared by Polish medics to travel back after receiving treatment at a hospital in Warsaw.

Speaking to Nation Sport at the Eldoret International Airport, Kosgei said she was treated for acute dehydration after she collapsed in the last 800m in a race she was destined to win.

“I want to say that I’m very much fine after the incident. I’m heading to Kapsabet to continue with my training program,” said the mother of two.

The athlete, who comes from Kapsabet in Nandi County, was set to win the race but collapsed agonisingly close to the finishing tape.

VETERAN ATHLETE

The athlete, who has participated in nine marathons previously, said she missed a water point at the 30km mark, before grabbing one after 35km but that it was ordinary water as opposed to one specially provided for her.

“I missed the water point at the 30km mark and since we were still running with the pacemakers, they gave me at the 35km mark before dropping. There were cyclists who were giving out water and I don’t know why they left me out,” said Kosgei.

On passing the 40km mark, she was all alone cruising to victory but suddenly felt weak and dizzy.

“I was alone in front after the 40km mark and that’s when I started feeling dizzy. I tried to push myself but it was becoming quite difficult for me. I fell down some few metres to the finish line,” she said.

She said she tried to signal the race officials on the motorbikes and a leading car but that they did not help her despite her struggles.

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