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Another triathlete dies in New York

An athlete competing in the United States Ironman Championship held in New York City and New Jersey died on Saturday after presenting medical problems during the swimming stage of the grueling triathlon competition.

 

The competitor "had trouble breathing" during the 2,4-mile (3,8-kilometer) swim in the Hudson River at the start of the all-day race, according to championship organizers. The test was conducted along the New Jersey shoreline, north of the George Washington Bridge.

The swimmer was taken out of the water and taken to a hospital in the nearby town of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, but he did not survive. The organizers explained that the cause of death is still unknown until an autopsy is performed.

Police in New York City said in a statement that the athlete had 43 years. His name has not been revealed yet.

"On behalf of all of us in the triathlon community, we mourn his passing and send our condolences to his family and loved ones," organizers said in a statement.

After the test in the Hudson, the competitors continued with a bike race of 180 km through different neighborhoods and then a marathon that ended at the Riverside Park in Manhattan.

Jordan Rapp, winner of several Ironman titles, won the championship with unofficial time of 8 hours, 11 minutes and 18 seconds.

Earlier this week, officials had warned about partially treated sewage that was being discharged into the Hudson River while repairing a broken pipe in Westchester County. According to the organizers, the problem had been solved and tests had been carried out to determine that the river was safe to swim.

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