British woman dies after heart attack during Ironman in Costa del Sol
British female triathlete dies after suffering a heart attack during Ironman event in Costa del Sol
- Unnamed woman was taking part in the grueling Ironman event near Marbella
- She suffered cardiac arrest and was ‘brain dead’ until she passed away Monday
- The event consisted of a 1,900m swim, a 90m bike ride and a half-marathon
A British woman triathlete has died after taking part in a grueling Ironman event in a Costa del Sol holiday resort.
The athlete was rushed to hospital on Sunday after going into cardiac arrest during the swimming part of the three-sport event in Marbella.
She died in hospital yesterday.
Local reports said she remained ‘brain dead’ until she died at the Costa del Sol Hospital near Marbella town center.
Ironman 70.3 Marbella attracted 2,500 athletes from around the world and offered 50 qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in South Africa.
The event consisted of a 1,900 meter swim followed by a 90 kilometer bike ride and a half-marathon.
Brit David McNamee won the event, which started and finished in Puerto Banus, and the first woman over the line was German Laura Philipp.
Earlier this month triathlete dad Gary Ennis died after suffering serious head injuries in a high-speed cycle crash during training for an Ironman.
He was thrown from his bike while cycling in Wigan.
The popular 42-year-old spent nearly two weeks fighting for his life after he was rushed to hospital in an air ambulance with head and face injuries on April 8. He died on April 21.
A family statement about Mr Ennis, from Burscough, West Lancashire, read: ‘The Ennis family has been devastated by this tragic cycling accident.
‘Gary put his heart and soul into his Ironman training and would have been a fine competitor at the event later in the year.
‘We have lost the most kind and generous husband, son and brother who always found time for everyone.
‘He was the perfect gentleman and friend to all he met.
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