Competitor in hospital after fall in Auckland Ironman

THE Ironman athlete taken to hospital after falling from his bike during Sunday's Auckland race is in a stable condition.

A spokeswoman for Auckland City Hospital said this morning she did not know why the man was brought to hospital yesterday and, regardless, she did not have his approval to release this information.

She could only state his condition, which is stable.

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Last night, the man, aged in his 40s, was in a critical but stable condition.

A spokesman for the organisers of the Ironman 70.3 race said they did not know if the man had crashed and suffered injuries or if he had suffered a medical event such as a heart attack.

The Herald has received reports of CPR being performed on a competitor who fell during the cycling leg of the race.

The incident occurred on Constellation Drive, on Auckland's North Shore.

It is understood the accident caused other cyclists to come off their bikes.

The gruelling half-ironman event, part of a worldwide series, involved a 90km bike ride, a 1.9km swim and a 21.1km run.

Australian Tim Reed took out the men's event in a time of 3h 49.53s.

American Meredith Kessler won the women's race in 4h 20.12s.


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