Two athletes died after suffering problems in the swimming test of a triathlon held in New York, with which the people who died in this competition have reached three in three years.
A 40-year-old woman in critical condition died Monday. He had suffered two cardiac arrests during Sunday's swimming competition, said race director Bill Burke.
The woman's family, from Elmhurst, Illinois, asked that her name not be released.
The other deceased was Michael Kudryk, 64, who was removed unconscious from the Hudson River on Sunday. Police said he apparently suffered a heart attack.
Another 26 competitors had to be helped to get out of the water after suffering minor injuries or pain, police said.
Three years ago, a 32-year-old Argentine was unconscious in the water while participating in the test and died after being rescued. Forensics determined that he died of cardiovascular disease. The athlete did not know that he suffered from this problem, according to the organizers.
The competition authorities were evaluating raising the requirements for athletes to register, since until now they do not require the presentation of medical certificates or proof that they have participated in other triathlons.
Burke called the deaths "a very, very sad event and tragedy," but said the weather on Sunday was optimal for racing, with warm temperatures and cloudy skies. The Weather Service said the temperature reached 31 degrees Celsius (89 Fahrenheit) with high humidity.
The annual triathlon includes a 1.600-meter (one-mile) swim race, a 40-kilometer (25-mile) bike race, and a 10-kilometer (just over six miles) run.
The winners were Ben Collins in 1: 48: 11 among men and Rebeccah Wassner in 2: 03: 19 among women.