British man dies during Malta marathon


A British man has died taking part in the Malta marathon.

The athlete was said to have collapsed less than a mile from the finish line, according to local newspaper reports.

An autopsy is due to be held on Monday.

Media reports in Malta said that the Briton, believed to be 55, was accompanied by his wife during the marathon, and that a doctor had given him the all-clear to participate in the race after he had complained of chest pain two weeks ago.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the family of a British man who died in Malta on 28 February.

"We stand ready to assist them at this difficult time."