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Athlete dies during triathlon

Moscow – Russian athlete Yegor Leontiev died during the Russian national triathlon championships in Nizhny Novgorod at the weekend, local media reported Monday.

The RIA-Novosti agency said the 26-year-old had collapsed during the 21km run after having completed the 1.9km swim and 90km cycling sections of the event.

Russian athlete Yegor Leontiev died during the Russian national triathlon championships in Nizhny Novgorod at the weekend. PICTURE: SIBONELO NGCOBO. Credit: Independent Newspapers

A medical emergency crew struggled for more than an hour to try to keep Leontiev alive but all of their efforts were in vain, said RIA-Novosti.

Investigating authorities in Nizhny Novgorod have ordered an inquest into Leontiev's death. – Sapa-AFP

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