The Associated Press - Monday Dec. 16, 2013 16:09 ET

Olympic torchbearer dies of heart attack after carrying flame

Russian officials confirm death of wrestling coach

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A veteran wrestling coach died of a heart attack Sunday after taking part in the Sochi Olympics torch relay. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Getty Images)

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.

Russian news reports said Gorbenko, a Greco-Roman wrestling coach who headed a local sports school, felt unwell after carrying the torch over some 200 metres (about 220 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 65,000 kilometres (39,000 miles) and is the longest in the history of the Olympics.

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