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Man dies & women in critical condition at Sunday’s Nautica New York City Triathlon

Posted Aug 08 2011 12:52am

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A 64-year-old man died during the swim portion of the Olympic distance Nautica New York City Triathlon today. Michael Kudryk, of Freehold, N.J was found floating unconscious in the water about halfway through the swim.

According to police the medical examiner is scheduled to conduct an autopsy on Monday. No further information has yet been made available as to the cause of death.

“Nobody goes into this event expecting this type of tragedy,” race director Bill Burke said. “It’s one of those unforeseen life events that happens when you get this many people to participate in physical activity.”

According to the New York Times , "A 40-year-old woman also had a heart attack during the 1,500-meter swim. She was in critical condition at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

The death of Kudryk is the second in the 11-year history of the race, which incorporates a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10K run, but it raises questions about the safety of the open-water swimming leg of triathlons. In 2008, the 32-year-old Esteban Neira of Argentina, died while swimming in the Hudson."

More than 3,000 professional and amatuer athletes took part in the 2011 Nautica New York City Triathlon.

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