Russian coach dies after Sochi torch relay

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Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 7:07 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Officials in a Siberian province say a veteran wrestling coach has died of a heart attack after taking part in the Sochi Olympics torch relay.

Authorities in the Kurgan region say 73-year old Vadim Gorbenko died Sunday after carrying the Olympic flame.

Gorbenko was a Greco-Roman wrestling coach who headed a local sports school. Russian news reports say Gorbenko felt unwell after carrying the torch more than 200 yards and died in a local hospital of a heart attack a few hours later.

Gorbenko looked well and smiled during a brief interview with local television after taking part in the torch relay, which will cover 39,000 miles and is the longest in the history of the Olympics.

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