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Russian torchbearer dies after carrying flame in Sochi Olympic relay

Published on Dec 16, 2013 4:07 PM
A torchbearer carrying an Olympic torch in Russia's Siberian city of Barnaul 3400 km south-east of Moscow, on Dec 3, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP/SOCHI 2014 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A torchbearer died of a heart attack after carrying the Olympic flame as part of Russia's torch relay leading up to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games in February, an official said on Monday.

Mr Vadim Gorbenko, 73, a sports school director and Greco-Roman wrestling coach, felt ill after walking 150m with the torch in his home city of Kurgan in western Siberia, said Mr Roman Osin, spokesman for the Sochi 2014 torch relay.

"He returned to the gathering place and was photographed, then he said he was not feeling well and was taken to hospital, but the doctors were unable to save him," Mr Osin, who travels with the relay, said by telephone.

"We express our deepest condolences to his loved ones."

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