In a tragic turn of events, two male competitors at Jan. 20′s Ironman 70.3 South Africa are confirmed to have died. Both men, aged 29 and 37, suffered fatal cardiac respiratory arrests during the swim leg of the race. Water safety officials attempted to resuscitate the men at the scene, before they were transferred to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.
The organizers of Ironman 70.3 South Africa confirmed that neither man had reported any history of cardiac problems going into the race.
Keith Bowler, Managing Director of race organizers World Endurance Africa, released the following statement: “We will be holding a minute’s silence at the awards ceremony in respect to the individuals and their families. In all the years in which we’ve staged our events, this is the first time that an incident of this nature has happened. World Endurance Africa, we express our sincere condolences to the families. It is a loss to the families and a loss to the Ironman 70.3 family.”