AUGUSTA (WJBF) – A participant of last weekend’s Ironman 70.3 Triathlon has died.
The Richmond County Coroner has identified the victim as 44-year old Evelyn Lopez of Miami, Florida.
Lopez was competing in the 2022 Ironman Triathlon when she became unresponsive during her swim Sunday morning.
She was pulled from the water by rescue team and transported by EMS to Augusta University Medical Center.
Lopez was pronounced dead Monday at 5:40 p.m.
An autopsy has been requested.
IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta shared the post below Monday night on its Facebook page:
We are extremely saddened to confirm the death of a race participant from Sunday’s IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta triathlon. During the swim portion of the race, the athlete required and received medical assistance before being transported to a nearby hospital where they passed away this evening. We share our greatest sympathies with the family and friends of the athlete and will continue to offer them our support as they go through this very difficult time. We thank the swim safety personnel and first responders who worked quickly to provide the athlete with medical support.IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta
This is the second death in two years for the event.