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 NJ.com 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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