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A participant passed away while competing in Sunday’s Challenge Roth triathlon in Roth, Germany. The race organization released the following statement:
Shortly after 9 a.m. volunteers in support kayaks noticed a competitor struggling in the water and when rescuers reached him he was unconscious. Volunteers pulled him into a rescue boat with two paramedics on board, but attempts to revive him both on the boat and later on land were unsuccessful.
Personal declaration of the organizer –
This tragic accident has overshadowed our race. We are all so shocked and saddened by the death of one of our competitors. It has left us bewildered and so sad, that an accident with such lethal consequences could have happened at our race in spite of the many safety precautions we have in place.
At the awards ceremony on Monday morning, our competitors around the world were informed and a moment of silence was observed in memory of our fellow athlete. The sympathy of the triathletes in the hall was enormous.
We have been in contact with the athlete’s family to express our deepest sympathy, and we are grieving along with those he left behind. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends in these very difficult hours.
– Alice, Felix and Kathrin Walchshöfer and the entire Team Challenge.