Japanese athlete died after 103.6 mile Tarawera Ultramarathon


Akimasa Omori pictured with his mentor Kazushi Tsuda (right) before the start of the Tarawera Ultramarathon in Rotorua.

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Akimasa Omori pictured together with his mentor Kazushi Tsuda (proper) earlier than the beginning of the Tarawera Ultramarathon in Rotorua.

A Japanese runner who died on Wednesday was near the end line of a gruelling 103.6 mile (165.2km) race when he struck hassle, in line with his pal and fellow competitor.

Kazushi Tsuda, understood to be in his early 50s, died three days after competing in the Tarawera Ultramarathon in Rotorua on Sunday.

Tsuda’s pal Akimasa Omori has confirmed the demise to Stuff.

Stuff understands Tsuda’s spouse Minori Tsuda was additionally in New Zealand for the occasion and efficiently accomplished the 102.3km race on the Tarawera Ultramarathon occasion.

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Tsuda acquired medical therapy on the end line medical facility earlier than being transported to hospital.

He acquired additional therapy in hospital however died early on Wednesday.

Omori, who additionally accomplished the 102.3km race, described Tsuda as his mentor.

He needs to return to the Tarawera Ultramarathon subsequent yr to tackle the 165.2km race to honour Tsuda.

“He taught me the magnificence of path operating,” Omori wrote on Instagram.

“He was about to shut the end line however could not do this. I’ll attempt 100 miles race in NZ subsequent yr for him.”

Tarawera Ultramarathon organisers launched a quick assertion on Thursday saying the demise however are but to offer additional element.

A flood of tributes have been posted on social media within the wake of the tragic occasion.

Greater than 3000 contributors compete every year with roughly half the sphere being worldwide rivals who journey to New Zealand for the occasion.