Marathon champ dies while coaching at school meet

Associated Press • AP • Updated: April 20, 2017 at 6:02 am • Published: April 20, 2017

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — A two-time winner of the New York City Marathon has died while coaching his New Jersey middle school team at a meet.

Montclair Kimberley Academy on Thursday canceled classes and events in memory of Hall of Fame marathon runner and track and field coach Tom Fleming.

The 65-year-old died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at a meet in Verona.

Newark Central coach Bruce Berry tells Fleming collapsed after getting out of his car. He said Fleming was given CPR for more than 20 minutes and had a pulse when he was taken to a hospital.

Fleming won the New York City Marathon in 1973 and 1975. The Bloomfield resident also won marathons in Cleveland, Washington D.C., Toronto and Los Angeles.

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