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Athlete dies while swimming in Utah Ironman competition

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Officials say a person has died while competing in the first part of the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship St. George over the weekend.

The Ironman Group confirmed the death on Saturday around 6:20 p.m., an hour after the race ended, saying an athlete was showing signs of distress during the 1.2-mile swimming portion of the race at Sand Hallow State Park in Hallow.

The group said swim safety personnel provided immediate medical attention.

The person's identity has not yet been released and further details were not immediately available.

The triathlon starts with the swim, is followed by a 56-mile bike race and ends with a 13.1-mile run.

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