Russian athlete Margarita Plavunova has been found dead on the side of a road during a training session.
Champion hurdler Plavunova, 25, was found dead in a village in the Morshansky District in the Tamblov Oblast region of western Russia.
She suffered a cardiac arrest whilst training, according to the regional athletics federation, while local media reports claim the likely cause of her sudden death was her heavy training workload.
According to eyewitnesses, Pluvanova suddenly fell into a grassy area whilst training during a holiday in the region. She was found at the scene by local residents, who called an ambulance which was unable to save her life.