Olympic torchbearer dies of heart attack

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Olympic torchbearer dies of heart attack

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Russia’s four-month torch relay was hit by tragedy on Monday when a 73-year-old torchbearer died of a heart attack moments after carrying the Olympic flame.

Vadim Gorbenko, a sports school director and Greco-Roman wrestling coach, fell ill after running 150 metres with the torch in his home city of Kurgan in western Siberia.

As the flame continued on it’s 65,000-km journey Gorbenko was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

Some 14,000 torchbearers will have carried the flame before it arrives for the opening ceremony in the Black seas resort of Sochi on 7 February.