World champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen dies of heart attack
New York: World champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen of Norway has died of heart attack after a practice session in Arizona. He was 26.A silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and winner of men’s 100 meters breaststroke gold medal at last year’s world championships in Shanghai, Alexander Dale Oen collapsed in a shower on Monday evening soon after his practice session.
Alexander Dale Oen had just completed a ‘light’ swim at a high-altitude training camp in the town of Flagstaff as part of his national team’s preparations for July’s Games.
The Norwegian Swimming Federation said Alexander Dale Oen had only a light training session on Monday and performed golf earlier that day.
But teammates became concerned when the swimmer spent an unusually long time in the shower and entered his bathroom after he failed to their knocks on the door.
The federation said: ‘They found Dale Oen laying partly on the floor, partly on the edge of his bathtub.’
Team doctor Ola Roensen was among the 1st on the scene and instantly started performing CPR until an ambulance arrived.
‘Everything was done according to procedure, and we tried everything, so it is immensely sad that we were not able to resuscitate him,’ Roensen said. ‘It is hard to accept.’
He was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead.
Alexander Dale Oen won the 100-metre breaststroke in Shanghai last July and took silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
His succeed in China came just 3 days after the massacre in Norway by right-wing extremist Anders Breivik that killed 77 people.
Alexander Dale Oen dedicated the win to the victims of that massacre, pointing to the Norwegian flag on his cap after the complete to send a message to his countrymen back home.