Russian coach dies after torch relay

Updated: December 16, 2013, 5:00 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Officials in a Siberian province say a veteran wrestling coach has died of a heart attack after taking part in the Sochi Olympics torch relay.

Authorities in the Kurgan region said 73-year-old Vadim Gorbenko died Sunday after carrying the Olympic flame.

Gorbenko was a Greco-Roman wrestling coach who headed a local sports school. Russian news reports say Gorbenko felt unwell after carrying the torch more than 200 yards and died in a local hospital of a heart attack a few hours later.

Gorbenko looked well and smiled during a brief interview with local television after taking part in the torch relay, which will cover 39,000 miles and is the longest in the history of the Olympics.


Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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