Olympic swimmer dies

Posted on: May 13, 2012

By Mirror.co.uk

Olympic swimmer dies: Norwegian hopeful Alexander Dale Oen suffers cardiac arrest

The world of swimming is mourning the sudden death of Norway’s world champion Alexander Dale Oen, who passed away aged 26.

The 26-year-old, who won the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke event at last year’s World Championships, suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away following a training session in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Dale Oen’s death comes little more than a week after the death of Italian footballer Piermario Morosini following a heart attack during a game.

That in turn followed Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton at White Hart Lane although he survived and has now left hospital.

In a statement, the Norwegian Swimming Federation said that on Monday evening a teammate, who noticed that Oen had spent a long time in the shower, entered the bathroom and found the 26-year-old lying on the floor.

After immediate attempts to resuscitate him failed, Oen was swiftly rushed to hospital, but he was pronounced dead less than 90 minutes after he was first found.

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