British runner Mo Farah collapsed and was taken away in a wheelchair after finishing second in Sunday’s NYC Half-Marathon.
A second runner also crumbled to the pavement and suffered a heart attack moments after he crossed the finish line around 9:40 a.m., officials said.
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Mo Farah (center) of Great Britain is comforted by his wife Tania (top center) and tended to by others after the collapse.
The 43-year-old Midtown east man was rushed to New York Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital in critical but stable condition, cops and race officials said.
The Somali-born Farah, 30, told onlookers afterwards that his collapse was “not a big deal.” He did not require hospital care, according to reports.
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Mo Farah is seen here in a wheelchair after collapsing at the finish line of the NYC Half-Marathon Sunday.
“I feel good. I just tried so hard in the race,” Farah said.
The Olympic champion first stumbled awkwardly near the six-mile mark but continued on. He finished the 13.1-mile race in 1:01.07 behind winner Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who ended at 1:00.50.
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Left to right: Men’s marathon winners Geoffrey Mutai (first), Stephen Sambu (third) and Mo Farah (second) at the finish line of the NYC Half Marathon.
Mutai and Farah, who won two Olympic gold medals in 2012, are set to challenge each other again in the London Marathon next month.
Stephen Sambu from Kenya came in third.
As for the women’s race, Sally Kipyego, a Kenyan who lives in Oregon, won in 1:08.30, a record for the race.
She was followed by Buzunesh Deba, an Ethiopian who lives in the Bronx, and Molly Huddle, from Rhode Island, who captured third.