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32-year-old man pulled from water, pronounced dead during NYC triathlon

Updated: July 20, 2008, 6:40 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A 32-year-old man died during the New York City triathlon Sunday, the first death in the eight year history of the event.

Race director Bill Burke said other competitors alerted medical personnel to the man during the 1,500-meter swim in the Hudson River, and he was unconscious when he was pulled from the water just before 8 a.m.

Burke said the man's family was in Argentina, and he wasn't being identified by race officials until they were contacted.

"It's a tragic ...

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