Top Olympic hope dies of cardiac arrest

Updated: May 1, 2012

Norwegian athlete, Alexander Dale Oen has died during a training camp in Flagstaff Arizona

The Norwegian swimming federation has announced that 26 year old world champion; Alexander Dale Oen has died after suffering cardiac arrest. The 100m breast stroke world champion was found collapsed on his bathroom floor yesterday and was rushed to the Flagstaff Medical Centre. He was pronounced dead by hospital spokeswoman Starla Collins. No further details were given at the time of what may have caused the death of the athlete.

Dale Oen was one of Norways top hopes for Olympic success this year for the London 2012 Olympic Games. He won the 100m breaststroke at the world championships in Shanghai last July and took silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This is truly a huge loss for Norway and the Olympic Games. Cardiac arrest in athletes has been in the minds of the public as of late. With the recent collapse of Bolton soccer star Fabrice Muamba and the death of Livorno player Piermario Marosini, it highlights the need for more testing of athletes who may be in danger of suffering from this.

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