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NYC autopsy determines runner Shay had enlarged heart

Updated: March 18, 2008, 6:14 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Elite runner Ryan Shay died of an irregular heartbeat due to an enlarged heart after collapsing during the U.S. men's marathon Olympic trials, the New York City medical examiner said.

Shay's heart also had old scarring, but its cause could not be determined, according to Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner.

The 28-year-old Shay collapsed in Central Park on Nov. 3, about 5½ miles into the race, and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

His father, ...

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