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Ironman claims two lives

2013-01-20 13:39

Cape Town - Two South African athletes have lost their lives after suffering cardiac arrest at an Ironman endurance race in East London on Sunday.

World Endurance Africa confirmed on their website that two male athletes, aged 29 and 37, suffered fatal cardiac respiratory arrest during the swim leg of the Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa.

According to the report, resuscitation efforts were done on the athletes on scene and in the medical tent. They were then transported to St Dominic's Hospital for further specialist investigation. However, after reassessment at St Dominic's they were pronounced dead.

Both athletes had no reported history of cardiac or other medical conditions in terms of the medical details that the athletes reported to Iroman 70.3 South Africa.

"We will be holding a minute’s silence at the awards ceremony in respect to the individuals and their families," Keith Bowler, managing Director World Endurance Africa said via a statement released to the media on Sunday.

"In all the years in which we’ve staged our events, this is the first time that an incident of this nature has happened. We express our sincere condolences to the families. It is a loss to the families and a loss to the Ironman family."

Buffalo City Executive Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, also expressed grief about the tragedy.

"We express our deepest condolences to the family members and we feel it is very unfortunate that it happened as a result of a suspected cardiac arrest. At our first Buffalo City meeting will we have a minute of silence in respect to the athletes and their families. Unfortunately it is the first time that such a tragedy as occurred and we hope it will be the last.

"Out of respect for the families, we will not release the names of the athletes," said Ncitha.

Sport24

Comments
  • Psy4genic.Mgcwaba - 2013-01-20 13:55

    May their souls rest peacefuly. By the way what kind of endurance race that, what happens there that 2 people had cardiac arrests?

      abrham.nel - 2013-01-20 13:58

      to run for a speed cop job in natal is even more dangerous!

      louis.langenhoven - 2013-01-20 14:34

      ai abrham- did you have to?

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-20 17:03

      Its a choice the guys doing it make, they know the risks. Can't blame the event.

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2013-01-21 13:40

      Two people have died, condolences to their friends and families. Lets stop making insensitive comments and show some respect please.

  • lybon1 - 2013-01-20 14:26

    Tragic.......R.I.P

  • juan.jonck - 2013-01-20 14:33

    the ironman 70.3 is made up of a 1.9km swim, followed by a 90km cycle and a 21.1km run.

      maxil.travianus - 2013-01-21 13:14

      @ Andre this ironman is a 70.3 (the distance in miles you cover) - it is also known as the half ironman. The distances Juan mentioned are correct.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-21 14:31

      This is a half ironman

  • simon.m.coles - 2013-01-20 14:41

    cardiac arrest probably brought on by carbo loading causing elevated insulin levels which in turn causes lesions and inflammation in artery walls resulting in a blockage. You need a high protien, high fat, low carb diet for cardiac health.

      bob.norris.581 - 2013-01-20 20:48

      Whatever Doctor!!

      alwyn.kotze - 2013-01-20 21:35

      You know what they say about assumptions... LCHF doesn't necessarily work for everyone. We don't know what their medical file holds. All we know is that this is really tragic and my sincerest condolences to loved ones.

      alwyn.kotze - 2013-01-20 21:36

      You know what they say about assumptions... LCHF doesn't necessarily work for everyone. We don't know what their medical file holds. All we know is that this is really tragic and my sincerest condolences to loved ones.

      punungwe - 2013-01-21 06:02

      Does a diet of braaied boerewors, steaks and pap meet your recommendations doc?

      GravityRider - 2013-01-21 21:14

      or it could be something simpler: like a chest infection as per some tweets sent out before the event.

  • mike.mckeown105 - 2013-01-20 15:05

    Shame, one of the 2 men was doing the challenge as a celebration of his brothers life, who passed away 5 years ago, almost to the day!! HUGS to the family!!

  • mjwild - 2013-01-20 15:27

    A sad day for Triathlon sports, R.I.P

  • warren.pollard.92 - 2013-01-20 15:33

    Tragic!

  • nuus.reeder - 2013-01-20 17:02

    Amazing how anyone can complete iron man without a heart attack, you need to be seriously tough for this event, let alone fit. Very sad, but at least they died doing what they loved.

  • angus.dicks - 2013-01-20 17:16

    Very sad, but what a prestigious event. Sincere condolences to the families

  • derek.wright.7370 - 2013-01-20 17:57

    So tragic, deepest condolences to the families. My neighbour is the father-in-law of the 37 year old guy who has a baby daughtet

  • sharon.artz - 2013-01-20 18:41

    Very sad day for 70.3 Iron Man. RIP.

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2013-01-21 05:35

    RIP, "Unfortunately it is the first time that such a tragedy as occurred and we hope it will be the last" Who ever wrote this is an idiot ! "Unfortunately" ? ? ? ?

      johnny.better.12 - 2013-01-21 09:11

      I also picked up on that...

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-21 09:36

      You think it was fortunate then?

      UglyKidJoe123 - 2013-01-21 12:52

      R.I.P. @ Mike Bundy "You think it was fortunate then? " You didn't get it?

  • adrianlestersm - 2013-01-21 07:32

    At least they died doing what they loved, not run over by some mindless taxi driver!!!

  • adrianlestersm - 2013-01-21 07:32

    At least they died doing what they loved, and not run over by some mindless taxi driver!!!

  • tom.tardus - 2013-01-21 08:44

    Condolences to the loved ones. I hope this is not EPO related. EPO has caused numerous deaths in athletes due to the thickening of blood which causes cardiac arrest.

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2013-01-21 08:47

    Sunday was a sad day for all tri-athletes and the family members of the loved ones lost. may they rest in peace. May the family members and friends hold their heads up high and be strong for each other.

  • lulama.mkunqwana - 2013-01-21 13:46

    I am just wondering if self assessment is enough when athletes are to partake in such endurance demanding events. I think a full medical report with a clean bill of health from a licensed medical practitioner should be considered in future to ensure that such tragic incidents are not repetitive.

  • maureen.walton1 - 2013-01-21 14:48

    My deepest sympathies to the families and friends. Reading the last paragraph I can't help wondering if the journalist couldn't have just re-read what he/she had written. i.e. - "Unfortunately it is the first time that such a tragedy as occurred and we hope it will be the last." .

  • Chris - 2013-01-21 16:00

    Performance enforcing drugs, rip.

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