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42-year-old Briton Dies while Competing at the Singapore International Triathlon

by On Sep 10, 2017

Established in 1984, the Singapore International Triathlon (SIT) is Singapore’s pioneer triathlon event.

Singapore International Triathlon

A 42-year-old male competitor was believed to run into trouble in the swim leg of the standard distance relay event at about 10 a.m. when he was competing in the Singapore International Triathlon at East Coast Park on Sunday (10 Sept).

Despite attempts to resuscitate him at the event site, the competitor died after being rushed to the hospital.

According to Straits Times, the casualty is Stephen Begley from Britain and he used to play for Glasgow Accies and Hawks, an amateur rugby team in Scotland.

The Police said they were alerted to the incident at around 12.50 p.m. and added that the man was pronounced dead at Singapore General Hospital.

A statement released form Triathlon Association of Singapore on their Facebook page reads:

We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a competitor during the swim portion of the Singapore International Triathlon 2017. Immediate medical assistance and resuscitation was commenced at the event site. We also had a Medical Doctor with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and other medical equipment for resuscitation on site. He was transported to Singapore General Hospital where he was treated. Sadly, he could not be revived despite resuscitation efforts.

At this moment, we have established contact with his family and we will do our best to render them any assistance they may require at this point in time. We are saddened and all our prayers are with his family at this time. We will only be able to share more details once investigation has been completed.

It was the second fatality to strike at the event. In 2009, Calvin Lee, also 42, died while participating in the triathlon. Police investigations are ongoing.

Featured Photo Credit: Singapore International Triathlon/Facebook

Nathaniel is a disciplined casual runner and a lover of bananas. As a columnist for RunSociety, he is always on the lookout for exciting and controversial topics that touch the heart of the running community in Singapore, often adding in his funny observations. He has embarked on a mission to start a world class running group in Asia.

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