Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 athlete dies after race


A triathlon athlete died today while competing in an event in the Midlands. The competitor was ill during the triathlon at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire.

Ironman England announced the devastating news on their post-race Facebook page today, Sunday June 12. He said the athlete needed immediate medical attention during the swimming portion of the race.

They were taken care of by a medical team on site and rushed to hospital. But the athlete later died despite doctors’ best efforts to save him.

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In a Facebook post, Ironman England posted: “We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a race participant at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire. During the swim portion of the race, security personnel were alerted to an athlete in need of immediate medical attention.

“The athlete was taken care of by the medical team on site before being transported to a nearby hospital where the athlete unfortunately passed away. We share our deepest sympathy with the family and friends of the athlete and We will continue to offer them our support as they go through this very difficult time.

“We thank the security and medical personnel who worked quickly to provide the athlete with medical support.

The class combined swimming, cycling and running. It passed through Chasewater Country Park, Cannock Chase and Blithfield Reservoir and ends with a run towards Stafford and ending in the town centre.

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