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Olympic gold medallist dies  in Algarve

Kamila Skolimowska, Olympic hammer champion of 2000, has died suddenly at the age of 26 in the Algarve.

The Polish champion died on Wednesday, February 18, while training in the region and the cause of her death is still unknown. However, preliminary autopsy results indicate that she died from a pulmonary embolism.

She was only 17 when she won the gold medal in Sydney, throwing a massive 71.16 metres to beat Russian Olga Kuzenkova and German Kirsten Muenchow.

Jan Slezak of the Polish Athletics Federation said: “This is a great tragedy to us.”