Russian athlete Margarita Plavunova has been found dead on the side of the road while out jogging during a training session.
The champion hurdler, 25, was discovered in the Morshansky District in the Tamblov Oblast region of western Russia.
She suffered a cardiac arrest while training, according to the regional athletics federation, while local media reports claim her sudden death was likely caused by her heavy workload.
Eyewitness reports state that Plavunova fell into a grassy area while training during a holiday in the region.
She was found by local residents who called paramedics, but they were unable to save her.
Plavunova, who also worked as a model, was a multiple regional, Central Federal District and All-Russia champion who competed in the national championships.
She participated in both sprinting and hurdles, and was a Russian student champion in the 60-meter hurdles, while also competing in both the 100-meter and 400-meter.
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SOURCE: The Sun, Joe Brophy