Ireland Hero garda gives CPR after Dublin Marathon runner has suspected heart attack
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A hero garda helped save a runner's life after they had a suspected heart attack during the Dublin Marathon.
Emergency services rushed to the scene after a man collapsed while undertaking the mammoth run along with 20,000 others on Sunday.
An on-duty female detective rushed to the man's aid and gave CPR as backup arrived.
The Dublin Fire Brigade then rushed him to hospital where he's recovering well.
A marathon spokeswoman confirmed the incident saying the man was treated immediately and should be OK.
She said: "The Dublin Marathon can confirm that a participant took ill yesterday on course of the KBC Dublin Marathon.
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"We can confirm that a Garda was present and that the runner was attended to by the medical team immediately and taken to hospital by ambulance; they are expected to make a full recovery."
Race pays the price of its own success - and now some loyal athletes fear they could miss out .
The downside of the phenomenal growth in the numbers participating in the Dublin Marathon came yesterday with the announcement that a lottery system for participants will be introduced for the 2020 race, scheduled for Sunday, October 25. There was a predictable hostile reaction on social media, but the bottom line is that the move from a first come, first served system to the controversial lottery was inevitable.