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Competitor dies in swim leg of Boulder Ironman triathlon

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Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 6:29 PM

BOULDER – An athlete died a day after being pulled from the water during the Boulder Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Colorado. It was the third death in four years of Ironman competitions in Boulder.

A witness, physician Donald Cain from Wisconsin, told the Daily Camera in Boulder that a man was pulled from the water on Saturday.

Ironman officials said the athlete died Sunday evening. The athlete was not identified.

A 70.3 triathlon, or half Ironman, involves swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles and running 13.1 miles.

Michelle Walters, 34, of McCook, Nebraska, died after being struck by a vehicle during Boulder’s 2016 Ironman race while 40-year-old Brian Godlove of Fairfax, Virginia, died three days after a 2015 race from dehydration and muscle tissue breakdown.

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