US Swimmer Dies During World Competition

Fran_CrippenA United States open water swimmer died Saturday, October 23, while competing in the ongoing FINA Open Water 10-kilometer World Cup in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

Fran Crippen was found in the water two hours after he failed to complete the race. It is not known yet how he actually died.

“While the causes of this death remain under investigation, FINA and the entire aquatic community address, in this moment of grief, their deepest and sincere condolences to his family, friends and to US Aquatic Sports and USA Swimming family,” the organization said in their statement about the incident.

It was reported that Crippen has informed his coach that he was not feeling well late in to the race.

FINA will be investigating the manner about Crippen’s death as this is the first incident of death in any FINA event.

Crippen was the 2007 Pan American Games 10 kilometer open water gold medalist and 2009 World Championships 10 kilometer open water bronze medalist. He was born in Pennsylvania. He was 26.