Marathon Head Coach Kawano Reports Hattori Had >40˚C Skin Temperature Post-Race, Symptoms of Heat Stroke
Via an online post-race press conference on Aug. 8, Olympic team long distance and marathon head coach Tadasu Kawano discussed the condition of Yuma Hattori, 27. Hattori placed 73rd in the men's marathon earlier in the day. "After he finished he had a body surface temperature reading of over 40˚C," Kawano said. "There's no doubt that he was exhibiting symptoms very much like those of heat stroke."
In the first half of the race Hattori ran alongside eventual 6th-placer Suguru Osako near the front and middle of the lead pack. But near the midway point he lost contact. He collapsed after finishing, medical staff in the finish area rushing to his assistance and taking him away in a wheelchair.
In the last straight to the finish line Hattori appeared to be dragging his left lag, stopping at one point to walk and hold his left leg in apparent pain. "Muscle cramping and convulsions can occur during heat stroke," said Kawano. "I think that may have happened in his left thigh."
translated and edited by Brett Larner