One dies swimming, one critical at NYC Triathlon

One person died and another was in critical condition after they had trouble during the swimming portion of the Nautica New York City Triathlon.

New York City police said Michael Kudryk, 64, of Freehold, N.J., was pulled out of the Hudson River unconscious near 79th Street at 7:45 a.m. Sunday and was believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 40-year-old woman from Elmhurst, Ill., also was taken to St. Luke’s in critical condition with heart attack symptoms, police said. Her name was not immediately available.

Police said 26 others were removed from the water needing assistance for minor injuries or pains throughout the swim, which was the first portion of the triathlon. Race director Bill Burke said there were more than 3,000 participants this year.

The police said there was no indication of a link to a sewage spill into the Hudson River last month. The river was closed for recreational use temporarily due to health concerns but has since reopened.

Participants in the yearly race swim about a mile, bike 25 miles and run 6 miles.


BREEDERS’ STAKES: Luis Contreras rode Pender Harbour to a victory by a nose in the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes turf race at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Contreras became the first jockey to win all three Canadian Triple Crown events with two horses.

Pender Harbour, the 2-1 favorite, held off Celtic Conviction to win the 11/2-mile race on soft turf in 2:36.1.

Contreras also captured the Queen’s Plate aboard Inglorious before adding the Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders’ Stakes events with Pender Harbour.

Celtic Conviction finished second but was relegated to third for interfering with third-place finisher Crown’s Path. Crown’s Path was bumped up to second.


LEGG MASON CLASSIC: Unseeded Radek Stepanek won his first ATP title in 21/2 years by upsetting top-seeded Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 in Washington.

MERCURY INSURANCE OPEN: Agnieszka Radwanska won her first tournament in more than three years with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over third-ranked Vera Zvonareva in Carlsbad, Calif.

VENUS WITHDRAWS: Venus Williams withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Toronto because of an illness.


COMMUNITY SHIELD: Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-2, rallying behind Nani’s two goals in the traditional opener to the English soccer season at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Nani completed the Red Devils’ comeback by scoring the winner in the fourth minute of injury time.

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Anthony Stokes scored to give Celtic a 1-0 win at Aberdeen.


WNBA: Angel McCoughtry scored 17 points, Erika de Souza added 13 and the Atlanta Dream (9-11) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 70-53 win over the Seattle Storm (12-9), in Atlanta.

Tina Charles made a 12-footer with 5 seconds left in overtime and the shot clock about to expire, lifting the visiting Connecticut Sun (13-7) to a 96-95 win over the Phoenix Mercury (11-9).

Sylvia Fowles and Shay Murphy scored 21 points each and the Chicago Sky (10-12) earned an 88-69 win over the Indiana Fever (15-7) in Rosemont, Ill.


NHL: The San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild made their third trade of the offseason, with center James Sheppard going from the Wild to the Sharks for a third-round draft pick in 2013.

— From news service reports