28th June 2022 – (Hong Kong) On 24th January, 2018, during the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 10km race, 50-year-old male runner Lee Man-tak fainted during the race and was sent to the hospital after being rescued and hospitalised for 4 days. The Coroner’s Court started an inquest into the incident at the end of last month. Coroner Monica Chow led a jury of three women and two men this morning (28th), suggesting that the jury should consider “natura cause” or “open verdict”. Nearly six hours after the jury left the court, they unanimously ruled that the deceased’s death was due to natural causes and that the disease that caused the death was acute myocardial infarction.
The wife of the deceased, said outside the court that she accepted the verdict. Although she was sad, her faith gave her the strength to accept her husband’s departure. She thanked the magistrate and the jury for their diligence in understanding the circumstances of her husband’s death and helping her solve the four-year-old mystery. She will consider to file a claim for compensation or take further legal action later.