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Tokyo Olympics: Britain’s Jessica Judd COLLAPSES and is left BEGGING for water after 10,000m

Britain’s Jessica Judd COLLAPSES to the track and is left BEGGING for water at finish of gruelling Olympic 10,000m ran in 90F heat and 80 per cent humidity with her team-mate Eilish McColgan bringing her a bottle before officials did

  • The Olympic 10,000m race was held in 90F heat and 80 per cent humidity 
  • British runner Jessica Judd was left sprawled on the track after finishing race
  • She was left begging with medical officials with some water to rehydrate
  • Her British team-mate Eilish McColgan finally brought her a bottle
  • McColgan is the daughter of former 10,000m world champion Liz McColgan 
  • Judd recovered after rehydrating but four runners were unable to finish race 
  • Race winner Sifan Hassan was unable to celebrate as she too begged for water
  • Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here

British runner Jessica Judd collapsed from exhaustion and was left begging for water after competing in the Olympic 10,000 metres in 90F heat and 80 per cent humidity.

Judd finished 17th in the gruelling long distance final at the Tokyo Stadium but was left sprawling on the floor afterwards following almost 32 minutes of running.

She spent several minutes asking for water before her team-mate Eilish McColgan – the daughter of former British world champion Liz – brought her a bottle.

Great Britain’s Jessica Judd is helped from the track by medical officials after collapsing at the finish of the Olympic 10,000m in Tokyo. The race was ran in 90F heat and 80 per cent humidity

Judd, who finished 17th in the race, needed medical attention after lying on the track

Judd, who finished 17th in the race, needed medical attention after lying on the track

She had to be helped into a wheelchair by medics before being aided off the track in Tokyo

She had to be helped into a wheelchair by medics before being aided off the track in Tokyo

Judd, 26, was then checked over by medics, sitting briefly in a wheelchair, before being helped from the track to recover and rehydrate.

Judd said on Eurosport: ‘That is the closest I’ve come to not finished. When it gets to you, it gets to you. I was desperate for water, I’ve never been this sweaty in my life.’ 

McColgan said: ‘It’s definitely one of the hardest races I’ve ever run in my life. I couldn’t have done much more.

‘Those girls at the front, it’s absolutely incredible they can run those times in this weather.’

Four athletes failed to finish the race, which was won by Sifan Hassan of Holland, in the stifling heat and humidity in the Japanese capital.

Hassan was unable to celebrate her victory as she crawled on her hands and knees pleading for water with officials too slow to get liquids to the finishers.

Despite the race starting at 7.45pm local time, temperatures were still well above 90F with the intense humidity another factor for the athletes to cope with.

After Judd spent several minutes asking for water, her British team-mate Eilish McColgan brought her a bottle rather than officials

After Judd spent several minutes asking for water, her British team-mate Eilish McColgan brought her a bottle rather than officials 

Judd recovered after rehydrating after running for almost 32 minutes in taxing conditions

Judd recovered after rehydrating after running for almost 32 minutes in taxing conditions 

She briefly sat in a wheelchair while being checked over by medics before leaving the track

She briefly sat in a wheelchair while being checked over by medics before leaving the track

Four runners didn't complete the 10,000m race which was held in intense heat and humidity

Four runners didn’t complete the 10,000m race which was held in intense heat and humidity

McColgan finished the race in ninth position as Hassan completed an outstanding Olympics by adding 10,000m gold to 5,000m gold and 1,500 bronze last week.

Judd, from Essex, is far from the first athlete to suffer in the hot conditions at Tokyo during the Olympics.

On Friday, the Japan’s Masatora Kawano vomited on himself and collapsed to the ground after suffering problems in the heat during the 50km race, even though the event began at 5.30am.

Somehow, Kawano managed to haul himself back to his feet and though the funny turn ruined his medal chances, he ultimately finished sixth.

Indeed, 20 per cent of the field in the 50km walk failed to finish in 31C heat.

Masatora Kawano appeared to vomit down himself during the 50km race walk in Tokyo

Masatora Kawano appeared to vomit down himself during the 50km race walk in Tokyo

He collapsed to the floor in exhaustion and pounded it in frustration as his medal hopes faded

He collapsed to the floor in exhaustion and pounded it in frustration as his medal hopes faded

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