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Man dies during New York City triathlon

A 32-year-old man has died during the New York City triathlon, the first death in the eight year history of the event.

world Updated: Jul 21, 2008 09:50 IST

A 32-year-old man has died during the New York City triathlon, the first death in the eight year history of the event.

Race director Bill Burke on Sunday said that other competitors alerted medical personnel to the man during the 1,500-meter swim in the Hudson River, and he was unconscious when he was pulled from the water just before 8 am.

Burke said that the man's family was in Argentina, and he wasn't being identified by race officials until they were contacted.

"It's a tragic day for the event," Burke said.

Ellen Borakove, a spokesman for the medical examiner's office, said an autopsy will take place on Monday.

About 3,000 competitors participated in the triathlon, which consisted of the swim in the Hudson River, a 40 km bike ride along the Henry Hudson Parkway, and a 10 km run in Central Park.

Greg Bennett, of Australia, won the men's division in 1 hour, 46 minutes, 31 seconds. Liz Blatchford, also of Australia, was the women's champion, finishing in 1:58:35.

There also was a death at last month's Hy-Vee Triathlon, which was doubling as one part of the US Olympic trials.