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French Olympic triathlete Laurent Vidal dies at 31

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French Olympic triathlete Laurent Vidal dies at 31

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The French Olympic triathlete Laurent Vidal has died of a heart attack at the age of 31.

Vidal, who competed at two Games and finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympics, retired in April last year after suffering a cardiopulmonary arrest during a swimming training session.

He recovered after being placed in a medically induced coma for 48 hours.

“We are terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Laurent Vidal,” the International Triathlon Union said in a statement. “An incredible athlete & unforgettable person, he touched us all.”

Vidal was engaged to the New Zealand triathlete Andrea Hewitt, who also competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games.