NZ-based triathlete Vidal suffers heart attack

Last updated 15:12 25/04/2014
Vidal
Getty Images
THANKFUL FOR SUPPORT: Laurent Vidal's Kiwi wife and fellow triathlete Andrea Hewitt is travelling to France to be with him.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Mixed results for promising Southland gymnasts at 2016 NZ Gymsports National Championships John Parker like 'a little Mike Tyson', says illustrious big brother Joseph as pro debut beckons Joseph Parker says a home world title fight would be 'something special' as Wladimir Klitschko enters talks From the paddock to Drone Racing World Champs Joseph Parker's handlers start negotiations for world title fight in New Zealand Team New Zealand's cheeky sign-off as summer of catch-up begins British boxing star warns Anthony Joshua and UK audience to 'not be fooled' by NZ heavyweight Joseph Parker Faster than Usain Bolt? Comedian James Corden, actor Owen Wilson and runners try Boxers receive 'severe reprimands' from IOC for betting on fights at Rio Olympics Cy Walsh stabbed father Phil Walsh 20 times in a schizophrenic episode

Christchurch-based French triathlete Laurent Vidal has suffered a heart attack while training in France.

Vidal felt pain in his chest while training at a pool in Sete, in the south of France, and went into cardiac arrest, French media reports say.

The 30-year-old was revived by firefighters and transported by helicopter to a hospital in nearby Montpellier.

Vidal is the fiance of New Zealand's top female triathlete, Andrea Hewitt, is based in Hewitt's hometown of Christchurch and raced in the New Plymouth ITU World Cup race last month.

Hewitt is travelling to France to be with him but tweeted: ''Thank you everyone for your kind words for Laurent. Your support means so much. Shocked and so worried!''

Vidal, who was fifth at the 2012 London Olympics, was expected to be in an induced coma for about 48 hours, reports said.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content