Tragic news. Fran Crippen, an American swimmer died Saturday during a 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Fujairah. Crippen, who was 26, was a bronze medalist in the 10K event in Rome last year.
Earlier this month Crippen won the 10K World Cup event in Cancun and was placed second in the season's standings.
FINA, the sport's world governing body said he died on the last leg of the race. FINA said in their statement: "While the causes of this death remain under investigation, FINA and the entire aquatic community address, in this moment of grief, their deepest and sincere condolences to his family, friends and to US Aquatic Sports and USA Swimming family."
Crippen came from a family of swimmers, with his three sisters also competing (one in the Olympics, one a national collegiate competitor, and the third is a current member of the US team).
A USA Swimming statement read: "USA Swimming, its employees, members, national team athletes and coaches are deeply saddened today by the death of Fran Crippen. Fran was a champion swimmer but more importantly, a tremendous person, and he will be remembered for so many extraordinary qualities.
"We send our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the Crippen family, a family that is a treasured member of the USA Swimming family.
"We will continue to work with FINA, the meet host and others to determine how this tragedy occurred."
Our thoughts go out to his family.