A Brit triathlete who seemed as "fit as a fiddle" suffered a heart attack and drowned while swimming in an Ironman competition, an inquest heard.
Sharon Lang, 39, was found face down in the water by staff at the endurance event in Marbella, in Spain.
She had been a regular competitor in triathlons and marathons but had an inflammatory heart condition she did not know about.
The inquest in Plymouth, Devon, was told she had a cardiac arrest while swimming which led directly to Sharon's death from drowning.
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Sharon, from Plymouth, was declared dead in hospital despite more than an hour of attempted resuscitation by medics.
The inquest was told Sharon received CPR while on a kayak back to shore before she was transferred into the care of paramedics.
Despite extensive attempts of resuscitation, she was pronounced deceased the following day at the Costa del Sol hospital in Marbella.
Senior Coroner Ian Arrow said that "whilst she might have suffered this medical event at any time" it was "unfortunate timing".
He said that if Sharon had not been in the water, it is likely that she would not have died.
The inquest heard from Dr Hadden, who gave the medical cause of Sharon's death as multi-organ failure, immersion in water, as well as the underlying health issues.
Sharon had an "irregular heart rhythm caused by an undiagnosed inflammatory condition" which "was likely in part triggered by the physical exertion of swimming".
Mr Arrow concluded that Sharon's death was "accidental".
He added: "It appears to me on the balance of probability that Sharon had gone to Spain to take part in an Ironman triathlon.
"It appears sadly on the balance of probability that during the swimming stage, she suffered some kind of medical event.
"She has been starved of oxygen and sadly that has led to her death. Sadly it appears to me one of the constraining features is that Sharon was in the water.
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"I sadly come to the conclusion this is an accident and that she wouldn't have died if she had not been in the water."
He added that he could see that Sharon "was well-liked and well-loved" due to the attendance of so many friends and family members at the coroner's court.
Mr Arrow said: "Sadly, Sharon was in the water and had she not been, she would not have breathed in the water."
Speaking after the inquest, Sharon's father, Colin Lang, paid tribute to his daughter, who had competed in a number of sporting events over the last ten years.
He said that Sharon died "doing something she loved".
Mr Lang said: "It's just brought closure that we know what happened. We are all missing her terribly. She was doing something she loved. She was as fit as a fiddle. She had been training for 12 months."
Miss Lang had previously run two full marathons, taken part in numerous biking events, open water swims and seven triathlons, but this was her first Ironman event.
Friends took to social media as they learned of the tragedy to voice their shock and sadness.
Team H Running Plymouth posted a tribute and said: "It was so sad to learn that our great friend Sharon Lang passed away, tragically doing something she loved.
"All of our loves and thoughts are with Sharon's family and her friend Kirsty who was with Sharon in Spain."
Plymouth running club The Musketeers has now set up an annual award in her memory.
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