Runner Salazar hospitalized

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Champion marathoner Alberto Salazar collapsed Saturday at the Nike World campus and had to be hospitalized with a heart problem.

According to a news release from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Salazar did not have a heart attack. But the 48-year-old did have to have a stent inserted to open up an artery. Hospital officials said additional tests are being conducted to assess Salazar’s health.

Salazar was awake and alert when he arrived at the hospital. He was being treated in the cardiac care unit and was in serious condition.

Salazar won three consecutive New York City marathons and a 1982 Boston Marathon.

He has set six U.S. records and one world record. He is a longtime Nike employee and consultant who trains elite distance runners.

AP-ES-06-30-07 2217EDT

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