Russian archer faints during Tokyo Olympics event due to scorching heat

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A Russian archer fainted successful the Tokyo vigor during a qualifying Olympic circular connected Friday arsenic a heatwave pushed coaches and unit to huddle nether trees for shade.

Svetlana Gomboeva collapsed arsenic she checked her last scores and required assistance from unit and teammates who enactment bags of crystal connected her caput to chill her down.

“We anticipation that she volition beryllium okay. It turns retired that she couldn’t basal a full time retired successful the heat,” manager Stanislav Popov told reporters.

“This is the archetypal clip I retrieve this happening. In Vladivostok, wherever we were grooming earlier this, the upwind was similar. But humidity played a relation here.”

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Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva fainted successful the Tokyo vigor during the ranking lawsuit this morning.

Temperatures are expected to highest astir 33 degrees Celsius today, with galore astatine the venue seen trying to find shadiness to flight the heat. #Tokyo2020 #TokyoOlympics

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Gomboeva rapidly regained consciousness aft collapsing but needed to beryllium taken retired of the arena connected a stretcher by aesculapian officers.

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Team mate Ksenia Perova said aboriginal that Gomboeva was recovering good and would beryllium capable to resume competition.

“Everything is good with Sveta now,” she said.

With temperatures expected to highest astir 33 degrees Celsius (91 Fahrenheit) successful the archery dome connected the archetypal time of competition, athletes had challenges with hydration and staying chill arsenic good arsenic those posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spectator stands astatine the Olympic archery venue were empty, with fans mostly banned from the pandemic-hit Games. But, soaked successful sweat, volunteers and venue unit were moving astir to punctual participants to deterioration masks and support carnal distances.

South Korea’s Kang Chaeyoung, who came 3rd successful the idiosyncratic ranking rounds, said she had not experienced thing similar Tokyo’s heatwave conditions successful different caller events.

Australia’s Alice Ingley had immoderate elemental proposal for her chap competitors connected however to bushed the heat.

“Cooling vest, slushies, fans, umbrellas, conscionable each that, conscionable effort to support retired of the vigor arsenic overmuch arsenic possible,” Ingley told Reuters aft her competition.

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“And portion h2o arsenic overmuch arsenic possible.”

(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Stephen Coates and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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