Olympic hopeful Shay dies during marathon trials

Nov 3, 2007 - 4:12 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- United States runner Ryan Shay collapsed and died on Saturday during the Olympic marathon trials in New York City.

A favorite to gain a spot on the United States Olympic team, the 28-year-old reportedly collapsed shortly past the 5-mile mark.

According to Runner's Gazette photographer Clay Shaw, who was nearby, emergency medical personnel responded swiftly, using a defibrillator to try resuscitate him.

"He just hit the ground," Shaw told the New York Daily News.

According to Shaw, Shay was not even rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital because attempts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead at 8:46 a.m.

"We all are devastated over Ryan's death," USATF CEO Craig Masback said. "He was a tremendous champion who was here today to pursue his dreams. The Olympic Trials is traditionally a day of celebration, but we are heartbroken."

A 2002 graduate of Notre Dame where he was a nine-time All-American, Shay went on to become the 2003 U.S. marathon champion, the 2003 and 2004 USA half-marathon champion and the 2004 USA 20 kilometer champion.

The Central Lake, Michigan native was married July 7 to two-time NCAA champion and collegiate 10,000-meter record-holder Alicia Craig, who he met in 2005 at the New York City marathon.

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