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Swimmer Dies

October 25, 2010 by USA Post 

Swimmer Dies, (CNN) – The race in which a top U.S. swimming star dead may not have been closely followed, another athlete told CNN Monday.

“I may be wrong, but I do not remember seeing boats that we were going to watch the athletes a little more closely, particularly those lagging behind,” said German Jan Wolfgarten swimmer.

“With the extreme conditions for the future, there should be people who watch what happens with athletes,” said Wolfgarten.

Monitors on at least nine boats and four watercraft watched the race, organizers said.

Fran Crippen, 26, died Saturday at the last stage of World Cup marathon swimming in the UAE.

Wolfgarten Crippen said he thought, “Was as fit as anyone can be.”

But both water and air have been “very, very hot,” said CNN Wolfgarten “American Morning.”

“The sun came down” on the last lap, just before noon, he said, suggesting it might be preferable to race later in the day next year.

USA Swimming Federation authorities said they expect to receive the body of open water swimmer star Monday.

“In respect of his memory,” the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) has canceled the other races in the UAE following the death Crippen, according to the website of the federation.

Crippen loss hit hard in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he grew up in a family of swimmers. Crippen was on track to achieve its goal of being an Olympian – a dream cut short.

“We are all in mourning. We’re all in shock,” said Richard Shoulberg, his longtime coach preparatory school.

Doctors determined that the severe fatigue was behind the sudden death of Crippen, UAE Swimming Federation Secretary Saeed Al Hamour told CNN Sunday.

Earlier, however, the head of water sports club in Fujairah, Ahmed Ibrahim, said that preliminary tests showed that the swimmer had a heart attack.

The official report released by the Federation of UAE swimming makes no mention of a heart attack.

“We do not know,” Shoulberg said the cause of death, adding that Crippen was “fit as a fiddle.”

Crippen died during the last stage of World Cup swimming marathon in Fujairah, the international swimming federation said in a news release. The cause of death is under investigation, the federation said.

In a conversation with Shoulberg 12 hours before the race, Crippen said the outside temperature was 100 degrees and the water was 87 degrees.

Some have speculated that high temperatures may have contributed to death.

However, Al Hamour denied any reports that the death Crippen may have been caused by water temperature.

“The competition has been monitored and supervised by the International Swimming Federation. All security measures have been taken into care according to need, “said Al Hamour.” We have so far organized 14 competitions and championships and have never been a death. ”

Swimming World Magazine reported that Crippen was knocked unconscious during the event, and scuba diving found two hours later near the final race buoy.

Crippen won the bronze in the 10km FINA World Championships 2009 and won the gold medal in the event at the 2007 Pan American Games, according to USA Swimming.

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