Now that the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships have concluded, the Masters portion of the biannual competition is now underway in Gwangju, Korea. The pool swimming events of the Masters competition begin Monday, August 12th, but Masters water polo competition took place all last week, culminating with its finals yesterday at Nambu University.
In a Saturday match against Australia’s Perth Cockatoos, an American water polo player died after suffering an acute heart attack. According to the Gwangju organizing committee, the 70-year-old player, whose name has not yet been released, lost consciousness in the match around 2:28 pm local time on Saturday.
The athlete was immediately removed from the water and given CPR, then transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery. The man died at 5:30 am the following day.
The Korea Times reports that the American player had suffered from angina and arteriosclerosis for some time.
Officials will be meeting the athlete’s family members at the U.S. Embassy in Seol to discuss returning his body to the United States.
The World Masters Championships concludes on August 18th.
Update since original publishing: athlete’s name was Bob Wake.