Fran Crippen Dies During Open Water Swim Race

Fran Crippen was a bad ass open water swimmer. He was a swimming machine. He died during of unknown causes during an open water swim race in Dubai on Saturday October 23rd.

My condolences go out to his family and friends.

Crippen was swimming in a 10k open water race when he died. Reports indicate that both the air and water temperature were high, some reports indicate as high as 90 degree water temperature. After the race, several swimmers were complaining of dehydration and 3 other swimmers ended up getting taken to the hospital.

I’m not going to speculate about what may have caused Crippen’s death, but I will say that water temperature has a huge effect on a swimmer’s body. Add high air temperatures and you pretty much end up with a bad mixture and the makings of a bad swim.


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