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Man who died after completing marathon named

A 42-year-old man who died after completing the London Marathon yesterday has been named as Robert Berry, organisers confirmed.

Robert Berry.
Robert Berry. Credit: Rob Berry/ Just Giving

A statement from Virgin Money London Marathon reads: "It is with regret that we can now confirm that Mr Robert Berry, aged 42, collapsed at the finish of the London Marathon.

"He was immediately taken to one of our medical facilities where he was treated by four consultants, including one in emergency medicine. He was transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Read: Man, 42, dies after completing London Marathon

"The organisers of the Virgin Money London Marathon would like to continue to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Berry and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them all at this difficult time".

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Michael Phelps coming out of retirement

Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.
Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Credit: Marcelo Regua/DPA

Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, is coming out of retirement amid speculation he will aim to compete at the 2016 Rio Games.

USA Swimming said the 29-year-old will compete for the first time since London 2012 later this month at a meet in Mesa, Arizona.

Phelps, who has 22 Olympic medals including 18 gold, returned to training last autumn and has completed the six-month waiting period to be eligible for competition by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Record eight MPs race in 2014 London Marathon

A record eight MPs took part in this year's London Marathon including five House of Commons frontbenchers.

The MP who came in first was Alun Cairns, the Conservative MP for Vale of Glamorgan, with a time of 3.34:08, knocking five minutes off his personal best.

Ed Balls, Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham before the race Credit: PA

Next came the Minister for children and families, Edward Timpson, at 3.42:24, just shading the shadow justice minister, Dan Jarvis, at 3.45:08.

In his fourth London Marathon, Dan Jarvis, 41, MP for Barnsley Central, ran 3.45:08 with his 69-year-old father, Bernard, a veteran of 68 marathons.

Shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, ran 4.19:47, while the shadow secretary of state for health, Andy Burnham, managed 4.26:19.

Graham Evans managed 4.43:56 and Jason McCartney came in at 4.57:35. Ed Balls knocked more than 17 minutes from his 2013 time (5:14:13) when he finished in 4.57:40.

Police seek runner not seen since London Marathon

Police are looking to trace a marathon athlete who has not been seen since she finished 20th in yesterday's London race, Scotland Yard said.

Police are seeking marathon runner Mami Konneh Lahun. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Mami Konneh Lahun, 24, from Sierra Leone, had been staying at an address in Greenwich since arriving in the UK on 7 April.

She is due to fly home later today but did not return to her temporary accommodation following the race, police said.

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Man, 42, dies after completing London Marathon

A 42-year-old man has died after completing the London Marathon, organisers have confirmed.

A total of 36,000 people took part in the 2014 London Marathon. Credit: Press Association

A statement from the Virgin Money London Marathon reads: "It is with regret that we have learnt of the death of a competitor in the Virgin Money London Marathon.

"A 42-year-old man collapsed after the finish line and although immediate medical attention was provided to the casualty, the fatality was confirmed on his arrival at hospital...

"The organisers of the Virgin Money London Marathon would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased."

Runner proposes to girlfriend 200m from finish line

Alex Prior, 25, was one of 36,000 runners taking part in the London Marathon today who battled 26 miles to make it to the finish line. However when he was just 200 metres from the end - he stopped to ask his girlfriend an important question.

Jess Seldon, 27, had been told Alex would pass by to give her a high five. Instead, Alex picked up a ring from his best friend waiting nearby before making his way over to her.

"She was completely surprised, I don't think she knew what I was doing," Alex said.

"I tried to get down on one knee, to be traditional, but it was obviously pretty difficult.

"It was fantastic, almost surreal - so much so that I had to text her at the end and ask if she meant to say 'yes'."

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Gerrard: Man City match 'longest 90 minutes' ever played

Steven Gerrard has admitted Liverpool's 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Manchester City on the day marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster was "the longest 90 minutes" of his life.

Steven Gerrard celebrates with his team after their victory over Manchester City at Anfield.
Steven Gerrard celebrates with his team after their victory over Manchester City at Anfield. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Read: Liverpool fans remember Hillsborough at Anfield

"It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of that game," Gerrard told Sky Sports 1.

Today's win is a giant step towards Liverpool's first league title since 1990, with the Reds to now face Norwich City.

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