An athlete was pulled out of the water at the Ironman U.S. Championship and did not survive.
After seven years of planning, the New York area’s first Ironman triathlon was marred by the death of a 43-year-old male competitor.
“It’s really a shame,” John Korff, local organizer of the Aug. 11 Ironman U.S. Championship, said yesterday in a telephone interview. “It’s very sad. It pains you as an organizer. It gets you in your gut on a very personal level.”
The South China Morning Post identified the competitor who died as Andy Naylor, who had been a member of the Hong Kong Police Force since 1992. He’s survived by his wife and three daughters, the newspaper said, and the family plans to hold a funeral in Britain followed by a memorial in Hong Kong. An accomplished long-distance runner, Naylor a week ago won a long- distance kayak race, the paper said.
The Hong Kong Police Force said in a statement that a 43- year-old officer died while competing in a sporting event in New York while on leave. The officer wasn’t identified in the statement, which said the HKPF is “deeply grieved.”
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