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Beverly Man Dies In Vermont Triathlon

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The finish area for swimmers in the Vermont Triathlon in Lake Champlain Saturday.

The finish area for swimmers in the Vermont Triathlon in Lake Champlain Saturday.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An athlete who died after suffering medical distress during the swimming portion of the USA Triathlon in Vermont has been identified as a Massachusetts man.

Burlington police say 53-year-old Richard Angelo of Beverly, Mass., was pulled from Lake Champlain and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

More than 2,300 athletes participated in Saturday’s event, which was held in Burlington for the second consecutive year.

Race organizers said all participants had to qualify to compete in the Olympic-Distance race, which includes a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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