Island focus: Singaporean dies during Spartan Race
A Singaporean man died on Saturday evening as a result of cardiac arrest while participating in an obstacle-course race on Bintan Island, Riau Islands.
The man, identified as 37-year-old Syed Mohamed Yusof, collapsed during the 21-kilometer race held on the opening day of the two-day Bintan Reebok Spartan Race. Syed was rushed to Tanjung Pinang General Hospital, located 50 km south of the event’s venue, but was dead on arrival.
“The medical team pronounced him dead upon his arrival at the hospital,” Riau Islands Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Saptono Erlangga said on Monday. The hospital, Saptono added, had confirmed that cardiac arrest was the cause of death. His body was returned to Singapore on Sunday.
Over 3,000 participants from 25 countries participated in the Bintan Reebok Spartan Race, one of the biggest tourism events in the province.
Before reaching the finish line, participants in the 21-km race had to overcome more than 30 obstacles, which tested their strength and endurance, including rope and wall climbs.