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British Swimming expresses condolences at the tragic passing of Alexander Dale Oen

1st May 2012

David Sparkes, Chief Executive of British Swimming, has offered his condolences to the swimming community following the sad news that World Champion Alexander Dale Oen has died at a training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona.

“British Swimming wishes to pass on its deepest condolences to the family of Alexander Dale Oen and all our friends in Norwegian swimming following his sudden death in the USA as he was preparing for the Olympics in London later this year.

Dale Oen was a great swimmer and an inspiration to us all

“Dale Oen was a great swimmer and an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed by everyone in the sport. “

Dale Oen, 26, won the 100m Breaststroke at the World Championships in Shanghai in July last year.

Dennis Pursley, British Swimming Head Coach said: “The international swimming family is small and tightly bonded, so it is always difficult when we lose one of our own.

"It is especially shocking in the case of a young, promising athlete in the prime of his life. His memory will live with us for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Norwegian federation and Alexander’s family and friends.”

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