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30 degrees heat almost changed the women's marathon at the World Championships into a farce

World championships put on the verge of farce because almost half of the field does not reach the women's marathon in more than 30 degrees

  • Extreme heat and humidity caused enormous problems at the World Championships
  • Only 40 of the 68 runners were able to complete the women's marathon in Doha
  • Ruth Chepngetich won with the slowest time in the history of the tournament
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The World Championships in Doha have faced fierce criticism from competitors after almost half of the field was unable to complete the women's marathon in cruel circumstances.

Despite starting the race at midnight to cope with the climate, only 40 of the 68 starters were able to finish when runners gave up or collapsed at temperatures above 30 degrees and 80 percent humidity.

Athletics Board, the IAAF, confirmed last night that 30 athletes had visited the medical center as a post-race precaution, which in Kenya won Ruth Chepngetich in two hours, 32 minutes and 43 seconds – the slowest winning time in the history of the championships.

30 degrees heat almost changed the women's marathon at the World Championships into a farce

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30 degrees heat almost changed the women's marathon at the World Championships into a farce

The race started at midnight, but the runners still struggled with the high heat and humidity

The race started at midnight, but the runners still struggled with the high heat and humidity

The race started at midnight, but the runners still struggled with the high heat and humidity

No fewer than 16 of the athletes failed to reach the mid-point of the 26.2-mile race, including Charlotte Purdue from Great Britain, who was wearing a hat stored in ice.

The fifth placed Volha Mazuronak from Belarus was devastating.

She said: & # 39; Humidity kills you. It is disrespectful to the athletes. & # 39;

The IAAF pointed out that there were no cases of heat stroke and emphasized a similar completion rate at the World Championships in Tokyo in 1991 and Moscow in 2013.

Only 40 of the 68 participants were able to finish the race. 16 didn't even make it halfway
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Only 40 of the 68 participants were able to finish the race. 16 didn't even make it halfway

Only 40 of the 68 participants were able to finish the race. 16 didn't even make it halfway

Ruth Chepngetich took the gold medal in the slowest time in the history of the championships

Ruth Chepngetich took the gold medal in the slowest time in the history of the championships

Ruth Chepngetich took the gold medal in the slowest time in the history of the championships

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