Paradip: In a fatal collapse, a marathon runner fell during a run organised by Paradip Port Trust on the occasion of its foundation day on Tuesday, police said.
   
Pravakar Behera (23) was declared brought dead at the nearby hospital after he tripped while passing by other participants.
   
Behera, who hails from Khasapadia in Kendrapara district, was among the 300 participants including sportpersons, students and central, state government employees who were taking part in the sprint.
   
In view of the tragedy, the PPT authorities have suspended the events including distribution of prize for the day and postponed it to January 13.
   
Chairman of PPT J Jagannath Rao handed over a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh to the bereaved family as ex-gratia payment; they said adding police had sent the body for post-mortem.
   
Inquiry into the incident was in progress.

(Agencies)