A 29-year-old national-level woman javelin thrower from Nalasopara died of a cardiac stroke while working out in a gym in Vasai (East) on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said Zenida Carvalho, a post-graduate in clinical psychology who represented Maharashtra in javelin throw competitions, collapsed while doing warm-up exercise for CrossFit, a fitness regimen, at Evershine Gym. Fellow gym members tried to revive her and then rushed her to IASIS hospital in Vasai where she was declared dead before admission.
Her mother, Saverine, said it was Zenida’s first day at Evershine Gym and she had eaten an apple before leaving for the gym around noon. “I got a call informing that she had collapsed,” Saverine said. Footage from the gym’s CCTV camera shows Zenida first performing 10 sets of push-press and then jump-squats. She is seen doing around eight jump-squats when she collapses on the floor.
Her family said Zenida followed a strict diet and did not have any health issues. “It is shocking that she suffered a stroke. She was extremely conscious about her diet and workout,” said Zenida’s childhood friend Madhumitha Poojary.
Zenida was to join R N Cooper Hospital as an intern next month. She had recently quit her job in an corporate firm and was looking forward to work as a clinical psychologist, said a family friend.
Zenida’s father Michael, who was working in the Gulf, had returned home last year.
Tuling police inspector Prakash Birajdar said the hospital informed them about the death. “We are awaiting the postmortem report, though initial report suggests she suffered from a cardiac stroke.” The case has been transferred to the Valiv police station.
The funeral was held at the St Roque Church in Vasai.