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For the Record
November 01, 2010
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November 01, 2010

For The Record

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While competing in the FINA Open Water 10-kilometer World Cup, a swimming race held Saturday near Dubai, 26-year-old Fran Crippen, a medal-winning member of the U.S. national team who in July placed fourth in the 10K and third in the 5K at the 2010 world championships in Quebec. Temperatures on Saturday had reached abnormally high levels for competition—roughly 87° in the water and 100° on land—and Crippen, who came from a swimming family (all three of his sisters swim or have swam for Division I schools) was said to have told his coach late in the race that he wasn't feeling well. When Crippen failed to finish, several competitors turned around to start a rescue effort, which concluded when deep-sea divers recovered his body near the final buoy on the triangular two-kilometer course. (Three other swimmers were hospitalized and later released with what were believed to have been heat-related issues.) Crippen's death, which was pronounced at Fujairah Hospital, marks the first fatality at a FINA event.

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