Swimmer Dies During Triathlon

The man came out of the water and collapsed on the beach during the Redondo Beach Triathlon.

Paramedics perform CPR on a man who collapsed during the Redondo Beach Triathlon. Photo credit @nikkkitaylorr via Twitter.
Paramedics perform CPR on a man who collapsed during the Redondo Beach Triathlon. Photo credit @nikkkitaylorr via Twitter.
Update: The victim's family has identified him as Michael Giardino of San Pedro. According to his son, Giardino was "doing what he loved" when he died.


A man died Sunday after competing in the swimming leg of the Redondo Beach Triathlon near the Redondo Beach Pier.

The man, who was participating in the triathlon, came out of the water and collapsed on the beach, according to a witness. He did not appear to be breathing.

Paramedics performed CPR on him for about 15 minutes before an ambulance transported him to a hospital, according to witnesses and Los Angeles County lifeguards.

Police later confirmed that the man had died; however, no additional information, including his identity, was released.

Redondo Beach police Sgt. Fabian Saucedo said Monday morning that he was unsure whether the victim's next of kin had been notified about the death. Saucedo said that nobody had come to pick up the man's bicycle and other personal effects, which are in the custody of the Redondo Beach Police Department.

The annual Redondo Beach Triathlon is not a full triathlon but a "sprint" sanctioned by USA Triathlon. It consists of a half-mile swim in the ocean, a 6-mile bicycle route and a 2-mile run.

—Editor Nicole Mooradian contributed to this report.

Were you on the beach? What did you see? Tell us in the comments.
Joyce Corkos June 09, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Please update us on the status. We are all praying he is OK. They were working on him as I exited the water, and they stopped us on the bike to let the ambulance and paramedics take him to the hospital.
Lisa Dacquisto Cantrell June 09, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Thank you for your concern, Joyce. The swimmer was my step brother. He didn't make it. It's a very sad day for our family.
Janice Akins June 09, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Everyone who was aware that something was happening has been hoping and praying for a different outcome. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Sandy Los Al June 09, 2013 at 09:26 PM
I am so sorry he passed. That was my daughter Nikki that took the photo and he collapsed right next to me. We can never take life for granted. Prayers to the family
David Ehl June 09, 2013 at 09:45 PM
So sorry Lisa, we were praying for him when we saw what was happening.
Lisa Dacquisto Cantrell June 09, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Thank you all.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) June 09, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Lisa, you and your family have my condolences. I, too, was hoping for a different outcome.
Fred Gagliardini June 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Saw the activity while awaiting my wave to start Very sorry for your loss. May God strengthen you and your family through this tragedy.
Cherryl Rose June 10, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I did not do this race but compete in triathlons. It really hits me. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Buffy Fonda June 10, 2013 at 01:02 AM
I to was hoping and praying for a different outcome. So, so sorry. My thoughts are with the family and friends...
bullet o June 10, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Swiss will miss him a lot
Ramona Rebeck June 10, 2013 at 09:05 AM
How many more men have to die in these triathlons before they STOP them? My dear friend, age 42, died 6-24-12 in the Breath of Life Triathlon in Ventura. U.S.A. Triathlon gathers info but then claims it is "proprietary" and "private." Men, almost always in their 40s, regularly die in the swimming portion of these triathlons. Swimming hard and fast, in cold ocean water, plus anxiety of actual race conditions, equals heart attack and death in a 40 something man in many of these triathlons. Men pre-40s have clear circulatory systems; men post 40s have built up "alternate routes" around circulatory system blockages. Men in 40s, they just die of heart attacks when this combo of conditions is met. As soon as I saw this Redondo Beach triathlon race was going to take place, I thought, Dear God, please don't let another man die in this one. I AM SO SAD TO HEAR THIS NEWS. May he rest in peace. And may we STOP these races, or at the very least, GET THE WORD OUT NOT TO RACE IN THEM IF YOU ARE A 40-something man. (I do not know how old the man in Redondo was; I am referring to a pattern of deaths hours of internet research reveals if you look only very carefully for it in newspaper articles such as these).
Ramona Rebeck June 10, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Lisa, I just saw your comment. I am so so sorry this happened to your step brother. My heart is still broken over my very close friend (who I grew up with in Palos Verdes) who died last summer in the swimming portion of a triathlon in Ventura. I will pray for you and your family. I am so sorry (tears, seriously). <3. God bless you, and God bless your family.
Ramona Rebeck June 10, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Link to story from summer of 2012 in Ventura County Star. I miss my friend; loved him so much. <3. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/jul/14/death-in-ventura-triathlon-underscores-questions/
Joyce Corkos June 10, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Dear Lisa, I am so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now.
Henry Xavier June 10, 2013 at 01:12 PM
I'm sorry to hear the news about someones death on a physical fitness type incident. Do you think maybe the sanctioned event can take extra precautionary measures to prevent this type of death. Maybe all participants need "proof" of a physical exam" from a doctor", before they enter a sanctioned event by the city? I know allot of my friends think they can move mountains when physically they can't. This would improve the quality and safety of any sanctioned event. god bless. henry
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) June 10, 2013 at 05:45 PM
I spoke with the victim's son, and I've posted an update to the story: http://redondobeach.patch.com/groups/obituaries/p/son-triathlete-michael-giardino-died-doing-what-he-loved
Martin Ochoa June 10, 2013 at 08:04 PM
I am saddened by this tragic news. I was in the even that day as i came out of the water I saw the medics working on Michael. I asked if he was okay. They told me he would be fine but i think they were just feeding me a line. I said a small prayer for him as i ran up the beach in hope that he will pull through. Now just learning that his life was shortened, my condolences to his family. Despite not knowing Michael personally I am in shock. If it is okay please do contact me regarding his services if that is okay. martin_ochoa33@yahoo.com
Jake Hazzard Akajohnnymack June 18, 2013 at 01:57 AM
That is so unexpected ., sorry for everyone's loss.,


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