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I once saw an athlete when I was doing ICU who came in after a fun run. He had rhabdomyolysis, renal failure and lost all 20 digits which went black.
The first man to run from Marathon to Athens after the famous Greek victory collapsed and died after saying "we won".
Is this sport or should we as doctors be asking if this is safe? Imagine if one third of the sailors in the Olympics had to retire due to injury and some drowned or needed wheel chairs and oxygen at the finish line.
Just seeing men hold off until the finish line and then go into a state of psysiologic shut down to me was nothing short of shocking.
Would you ask your son or daughter to do this. I wouldn't. Is this sport gone mad? To me it is and I don't care if we did well.
I put this question to you as doctors; not sports fans.
Disclaimer: Australia won silver in this event, Russia gold and China bronze.