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Former Olympic champion Lavrova dies in car accident

2010-04-24 07:01:35 GMT2010-04-24 15:01:35 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Russia's rhythmic gymnastics Olympic champion Natalia Lavrova died at 25 in a traffic accident on Friday.

The one and only Russian rhythmic gymnast having won two Olympic gold medals was riding in a car driven by her sister near the city of Penza, southeast of Moscow where their car collided with another vehicle.

A Penza province traffic police spokesman announced the sad news via state-run Rossiya-24 television. He said Lavrova and her sister died on the spot.

Lavrova won in the team competitions at the Sydney and Athens Olympics in 2000 and 2004.

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