The 58-year-old chief of the Kjevik airport serving Kristiansand died Saturday while taking part in TriQuart, the Norwegian championship in triathlon in the southern Norwegian city. Police said Thomas Langeland suffered a seizure during the swimming part of the tough competition.
Organizers of the competition, which involved swimming, cycling and running, said they’d never experienced a death during the TriQuart. Langeland received help quickly while in the water from a so-called Red Cross “rescue runner” on a water scooter. He was brought to land where doctors’ were unable to resuscitate him.
Around 600 people were registered to take part in TriQuart. The vast majority were Norwegians but there also were participants from Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and Denmark.