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Marathon runner Adrian Lehmann: death at the age of 34 – the day before the race

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Marathon runner Adrian Lehmann: death at the age of 34 – the day before the race

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Death at 34 – Swiss champion dies the day before Olympic qualification

Status: 22.04.2024 | Reading time: 2 minutes

The Swiss Adrian Lehmann died on Saturday at the age of 34

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Adrian Lehmann was one of the best marathon runners in Switzerland. On Sunday he wanted to qualify for the Olympic Games in Paris. But that didn’t happen; Lehmann died the day before the race.

He had his big goal in mind: At the Zurich Marathon, which was held for the 21st time on Sunday, Adrian Lehmann wanted to recommend himself for the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. In the days before the race, however, the 34-year-old suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized, as the Swiss association reported on Thursday. Lehmann lost the fight on Saturday evening and the association announced his death on Sunday.

“We are incredibly sad and dismayed by this news. We speak to Ädu’s family and friends (Nickname of Lehmann, d. Red.) offer our deepest condolences and wish you a lot of strength during this difficult time,” said the President of Swiss Athletics Christoph Seiler.

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Lehmann’s relatives said through the association: “In the past few days, the consequences of the heart attack have turned out to be more serious than initially assumed. Unfortunately, Ädu could not be helped despite the best medical care. He left us on Saturday evening and fell asleep forever.”

“Appreciated for his wonderful, cheerful character”

The dead man’s family continued: “For us, the overwhelming sympathy for his and our fate is an expression of the fact that, in addition to his passionate and great commitment as an athlete, he was also valued for his wonderful, cheerful character. We hope that he can be remembered like this.”

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Lehmann’s big goal was the Summer Games in Paris; in 2016 and 2021 he narrowly missed qualifying for the Olympics. Now he finally wanted to fulfill his big dream. He was undoubtedly one of the best Swiss: a year ago he won the Swiss championships in the Zurich Marathon and set a personal best time of 2:11.44 hours.

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