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Budding Belgian cycling star, 18, is found dead after taking his own life: Media reports

Published on Aug 31, 2014 1:00 AM
Belgian cycling star Igor Decraene (left) celebrates with his father (right) on September 24, 2013 after winning the men's juniors time trial race at the World Cycling championships in Florence. Belgium cycling lost one of its budding stars on August 30, 2014 as the local media reported the death of world junior time-trial champion Decraene at the age of 18. -- PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Belgium world junior cycling champion Igor Decraene was found dead on Saturday after taking his own life at the age of just 18, local media press reports said.

A native of Waregem in northern Belgium, Decraene killed himself not far from there at Zulte, the Belga news agency said without giving further details.

The Belgian cycling federation said it was stunned by the news of his suicide.

"The junior world time-trial champion, aged 18, was taking part in a week of training with the national team this week ahead of the world road-race championships in Ponferrada," the federation said in a statement.

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