World Championship Ironman 70.3 overshadowed by death of athlete

After the triathlon community was already in shock last week by the dead of two athletes during the swim of Ironman Cork, disaster struck again today during the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Lahti. Ironman just announced that an athlete died during the swim.

Emergency services and two doctors were quickly on site with the triathlete in distress, but help was of no avail. Ironman – out of respect for the privacy of the athlete and her family – is not commenting further on the circumstances and possible cause.

“On a day meant to celebrate the spirit and achievements of our IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship athletes, we are devastated to share the passing of one of our race competitors. The athlete was extracted from the water approximately halfway into the swim, received immediate medical assistance by water safety first responders, and continued to receive treatment on shore by emergency personnel, including two event doctors. Despite all medical efforts, the athlete passed away. Our thoughts and care are with the family and friends of the athlete, who we will continue to support as they go through this very difficult time. We also have great appreciation for the medical and safety teams who worked quickly to provide the athlete with medical support. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we will have no further comment.”