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Somali Olympic runner drowns

Updated: August 21, 2012, 11:09 AM ET
Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- An official says one of Somalia's best female athletes drowned after the small boat she was riding in capsized off the Libyan coast during an attempted crossing to Italy for training a month ago.

The deputy chairman for Somalia's athletics federation said Tuesday that Samia Yusuf Omar was traveling from Ethiopia, where she lived, to Libya and then Italy to train for the London Olympics.

Qadijo Aden Dahir, the deputy chairman, said: "It's a sad death ... She was ...

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