Recho Kosgei


The organizers of the Warsaw Marathon are under fire after officials failed to help Kenyan Recho Kosgei after she collapsed 800 meters from the finish line.

Kosgei had nearly a three minute lead on the next competitor as she made her way towards the marathon finish. With only a half mile to go, she suddenly veered towards the side of the road and fell. Kosgei spent over two minutes struggling to stand up without any race officials, spectators or runners coming to her aid. Finally a runner in the men’s race, Marek Hladik of Slovakia, attempted to lift her off the road.

While Hladik attempted to help Kosgei, Ethiopian Bekelu Beji passed both of them, winning the race in 2:35:08. Kosgei received treatment by medical personnel for dehydration and did not complete the marathon. Hladik went on to finish 10th in the men’s race.

Many have taken to social media to criticize the marathon’s failure to help. Fellow Kenyan and 2012 Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir tweeted that, “Although it’s illegal for race official to help a runner I think there comes a time when logic takes over.”


I have seen the clip and I cant believe the stupid Ethiopian runner just passed her like nothing happened.
Sadism of the highest order.

Clearly she needed help, didn’t they have medics on standby?

Volenti non fit injuria.

Theres a reason some of us dont participate in such races.

its a competition dude. Why would I lose my win coz of another loser? Marathon sio CSR, ni biashara.

Such makes me a proud kenyan

Competition doesn’t make you less human. Even if you are a gladiator fighting for your life.

Dont blame a competitor. Blame the organizers.