Singapore Cross Country Runner Dies Training For Kinabalu Climbathon

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MOSAR personnel carrying down the remains of the Singapore endurance athlete who was found dead in a ravine on Mount Kinabalu Sunday
MOSAR personnel carrying down the remains of the Singapore endurance athlete who was found dead in a ravine on Mount Kinabalu Sunday, while training for the Climbathon event later October.

BY BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: A Singaporean cross country athlete, training for the October 16 Mount Kinabalu climbathon was found dead Sunday morning by Mountain Search and Rescue (Mosar) personnel.

Woon Tai Kiang, was reported missing Saturday.

It is understood that his body was found in a 150m deep ravine near Sayat-Sayat which is the last checkpoint before climbers make their way up to the summit.

Mosar personnel conducting the search and rescue found the body at about 7.30am.

According to a Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) statement, Woon died after sustaining serious head injuries when he apparently slipped off the trail and fell into the ravine.

However, the rescue team has yet to confirm the cause of death as they are still making their way down from the mountain.

The annual Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon, which was put on hold for one year following the June 5 earthquake in 2015, will be held on Oct 16.

Last year, several Singaporeans including primary school children were killed in the June 5 earthquake that struck Ranau, while they were on the way down after scaling the mountain.