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Runner 86, dies after marathon fall

An 86-year-old woman has died after hitting her head on the pavement during her 25th New York City Marathon.

Joy Johnson, of San Jose, California, was the oldest woman to complete the marathon. Her sister Faith Anderson said she stumbled and hit her head on the road at about the 20th mile.

Ms Anderson told the Daily News that medics wanted to take her sister to hospital but she insisted on continuing the race. A day later she felt tired after her visit to the Today show and lay down on the bed at her hotel. She never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.

The city coroner's office said Ms Johnson died of complications of blunt trauma.


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