Name released for IRONMAN competitor who died

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Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 9:37 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen has released the identification of a race participant who died following Sunday’s triathlon event.

According to the Richmond County Coroner’s Office, the athlete was identified as Evelyn Lopez, 44, of Miami.

During her swim in the triathlon, Lopez became unresponsive. She was pulled from the water and transported to Augusta University Medical Center.

“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,” said IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta in an official Facebook post.

In 2021, George R. Hall from Martinez died at the hospital after water rescue members pulled him from the water.

This is the second year in a row that a participant has died.

An autopsy has been scheduled.