Triathlete Sharon dies in Spain after Ironman test

SHARON Long, a British female triathlete, died last Sunday after competing in the first stage of a gruelling, Ironman event on the Costa del Sol.

She was one of 2,500 international athletes, taking part in the Ironman 70.3 Marbella event, which comprised a 1,900-metre swim in the sea, followed by a 90kg bike ride and a 21km run, finishing on the Puerto Banus sands.

Sharon, from Plymouth, who was rushed to Costa del Sol Hospital after going into cardiac arrest during the swim, passed away there on Monday after remaining in a “brain dead” condition.

She had been competing in the female 40-44 age-group, along with a friend, Kirsty, who also took part in the event.

She was found floating, face-down in the water, and was pulled into a dinghy before being brought ashore, following desperate attempts to revive her.

Local reports said she remained “brain dead” until, eventually, passing away at the Costa del Sol Hospital, near Marbella town centre, on Monday.

Team H Running Plymouth, a group of runners from her home city, posted a message on Facebook, alongside her picture, saying: “It was so sad to learn that our great friend Sharon Lang passed away, tragically, doing something she loved.

“All of our love and thoughts are with Sharon’s family and her friend, Kirsty, who was with her in Spain.”



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