Young UK Swimmer Dies of Heart Attack

Olympic hopeful aimed to compete in Rio

Noah Aldonas

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The U.K. swimming community has been deeply affected by the death of a high school swimmer who suffered a heart attack this past weekend. Chloe Waddell, 16, competed at the UK Olympic trials in 2012 and dreamed of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Waddell was found unconscious by her parents, who tried to revive her. She was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead.

Investigators are waiting to get results from the coroner’s office, but police have said there is no indication of foulplay.

Waddell had competed at various British championships and raced against U.K. swim star Rebecca Adlington in the trials for the London Olympics.

Via The Guardian

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