Ironman athlete tragically dies after Midland triathlon
A triathlon athlete died today as they took part 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 its Facebook page following the race today, Sunday, June 12.
It said the athlete needed immediate medical attention during the swim portion of the race. They were treated by an on-site medical team and rushed to hospital. But the athlete later died despite the best efforts of medics to save them.
READ MORE: GB triathlon and Ironman star killed ‘doing what she loved’ In a post on Facebook, 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, safety personnel were alerted to an athlete requiring immediate medical attention.
“The athlete was attended to by the on-site medical team before being transported to a nearby hospital where the athlete sadly passed. We share our greatest sympathy with the family and friends of the athlete and will continue to offer them our support as they go through this very difficult time. “We thank the safety personnel and medical staff who worked quickly to provide the athlete with medical support.
The course combined swimming, cycling and running.
It went through Chasewater Country Park, Cannock Chase and Blithfield Reservoir and ends with a run heading into Stafford and finishing in the town centre.