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British Olympic Runner Collapses After 10,000m Final

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British Olympic Runner Collapses After 10,000m Final

A British runner collapsed after competing in the 10,000m final at the Olympic Games.

Jessica Judd had to be picked up off the track after finishing the gruelling race in the searing Tokyo heat today.

Temperatures in the stadium reportedly went well above 90F (32C), with 80 percent humidity.

The 26-year-old finished 17th in the long-distance final but fell dramatically to the ground after crossing the line.

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Medics quickly rushed to her aid, administering ice packs, which they applied to her head, and helping her into a wheelchair.

She was eventually pulled back onto her feet and led away from the track to rehydrate, with team-mate Eilish McColgan bringing her a bottle of water.

Jessica Judd collapsed after completing the 10,000m final. Credit: PA
Jessica Judd collapsed after completing the 10,000m final. Credit: PA

Speaking to Eurosport, Judd said she was in 'desperate need' of water.

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She told the channel: "That is the closest I've come to not finished. When it gets to you, it gets to you.

"I was desperate for water, I've never been this sweaty in my life."

McColgan added: "It's definitely one of the hardest races I've ever run in my life. I couldn't have done much more.

Judd collapsed for the second time at the games. Credit: PA
Judd collapsed for the second time at the games. Credit: PA
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"Those girls at the front, it's absolutely incredible they can run those times in this weather."

This is the second time at the games that Judd has collapsed following a run.

Last week, she dramatically fell to the track after finishing 13th in the 5,000 prelims.

Speaking after the race, she told Eurosport: "I'm just so disappointed I didn't have it. I put myself out there but with about a kilometre to go, I didn't have it in my legs.

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She fell previously after finishing 13th in a 5,000m prelim. Credit: PA
She fell previously after finishing 13th in a 5,000m prelim. Credit: PA

"I just didn't kick on when I needed to. It wasn't like I didn't do what I was told or knew what I needed to do, I just couldn't do it."

Judd crossed the line in 15:09.47, which was three seconds down a personal best she ran in California back in May.

She added: "It's still a world standard for next year so that's good so I got something out of it, but I just couldn't get my legs going.

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"I need to try and recover between now and the 10,000, see if I can use that as a run out and see if I can get back in the right shape."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Water, olympic games, Final, Athlete, Athletics, Japan, Health, Tokyo

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