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A 21-Year-Old Malaysian Died While Running A Half Marathon In The UK

Ong Wil Sern was a student at Swansea University, Wales.

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A 21-year-old Malaysian student passed away on Sunday, 23 June after collapsing during a half marathon in Swansea, Wales

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ITV reported that Ong Wil Sern had collapsed at around the 20KM point of the Swansea Half Marathon, just metres away from the finish line on Sunday. 

About 10,000 people were estimated to have taken part in the 21KM-long race, according to BBC

He was then taken to Morriston Hospital for treatment, where he passed away later that day. 

According to the marathon's organiser, it was Wil Sern's second time taking part in the event

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"Everyone associated and involved with the Swansea Half (Marathon) has been devastated by this tragic loss of life following the event," David Martin-Jewell of Front Runner Events said, according to BBC

"Our deepest condolences go to their family and friends at this time," the organiser added.

Front Runner Events are also reportedly investigating Wil Sern's incident, and have been in contact with his family, reported ITV. 

Wil Sern was studying environmental engineering at Swansea University

Image via Wales Online

According to ITV, Swansea University said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" by Wil Sern's passing. 

The university, through its Student Services team, also offered support to students and staff who have been affected by the 21-year-old's death.

Wales Online reported that Wil Sern, a second-year student at the university, was popular and well-liked by his peers. 

"Wil Sern was someone MASU (Malaysian Association of Swansea University) deeply trusted and relied upon... His kindness, enthusiasm, and great personality made him beloved by all who knew him," MASU presidents told Wales Online. 

The 21-year-old was a student at Wesley Methodist School and Methodist College Kuala Lumpur before travelling to Wales for further studies

Image via Wales Online

Wil Sern's family has also travelled to Swansea to formally identify his body. 

A JustGiving page has been set up to raise money for his family while they are in the UK. 

You can donate to Wil Sern's family here.

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