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SASCOC mourns loss of two triathletes
- Updated: January 20, 2013
SASCOC expressed its sadness at the death of two competitors while competing at the 70.3 Half Iron Man triathlon event in East London on Sunday.
Initial indications are that the deaths, two male competitors aged 29 and 37, which both occurred during the swim leg of the event, were due to cardiac arrest.
Gideon Sam, President of the country’s Olympic governing body, said SASCOC mourned the tragic loss.
“This is yet another tragedy to hit our sporting family. Coming, as it does, in the same month that we lost two-time Olympian mountain biker Burry Stander in a tragic motor accident, makes it even sadder to deal with.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the two competitors, as well as with the South African triathlon fraternity,” said Sam, a former President of Triathlon South Africa.
The names of the athletes have not yet been made public.