while up in vermont this weekend i didn't keep up with any local news. the weather was very hot and humid there, but imagine my surprise waking up this morning to a cbs radio report of the death of a 32 year old man at the new york city triathlon yesterday! i was even more surprised, reading the ny times coverage on my commute to work, to learn his death occurred during the swim portion of the triathlon. since i didn't catch the complete story from the radio i had left the house laboring under the assumption that it was a heat-related running death!
the competitor, from buenos aires, argentina, was identified as estaban neiva. he was pulled, unconscious, from the hudson river - about three quarters of the way through the 1500 meter portion of the race (the first of the three legs). the intial reports cited cardiac arrest, but an autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death.
other news reports stated eight competitors were hospitalized with heat-related syptoms, many more treated on site. there were also numerous reports of jellyfish bites as the swimmers encountered a swarm of jellyfish - some the "size of salad plates" - in the water! some even wondered if the jellyfish bites may have contributed to the fatality!
update: the ny times reports the autopsy performed on monday was inconclusive and the cause of death is still not known. the nyc medical examiner said tissue and toxicity tests will take an additional 10 days to complete.
3+ months later... the autospy results were finally reported yesterday. the cause of death was from "a condition linked to high blood pressure."