Norway mourns death of champion swimmer

Posted at May 02 2012 02:34 PM | Updated as of May 02 2012 10:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The flag was flying at half mast outside the Norwegian Olympic Committee building in honor of world champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen.

Dale Oen died of a suspected heart attack in Arizona at the age of 26.

Dale Oen was the 2011 world 100-meter breastroke champion and one of Norway’s best hopes for a medal at this year’s London Olympics. He was attending an altitude training camp in Flagstaff when he died.

Per Rune Eknes, president of the Norwegian Swimming Federation, paid tribute to Dale Oen, whom he called one of the “kindest men” he knew.

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