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Reaction to swimmer Alexander Dale Oen's death

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Reaction to the death of Norwegian swimming world champion Alexander Dale Oen, who died from cardiac arrest after collapsing in his bathroom during a training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona:

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''We're all in shock. This is an out-of-the-body experience for the whole team over here. Our thoughts primarily go to his family who have lost Alexander way too early.'' - Norway coach Petter Loevberg.

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''In shock over the passing of a dear friend and great rival. RIP Alex.'' - Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima on Twitter.

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''You will be remembered for giving Norway hope on one of its darkest days, RIP Alexander Dale Oen.'' - Austrian backstroker Markus Rogan on Twitter.

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''Alexander Dale Oen was a great sportsman for a small country. My thoughts go to his family and friends.'' - Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Twitter.

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''It feels unreal that Alexander Dale Oen is no longer with us. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and his whole team in Flagstaff.'' - Norway's skiing champion Aksel Lund Svindal on Twitter.

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''You see a kid in his prime and never think anything like that could happen. All of a sudden, they're gone. You can't help but feel sad. It looks so unfair. We're supposed to be these amazing athletes. It's just a shame,'' - American breaststroker Brendan Hansen in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

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''The international swimming family is small and tightly bonded, so it is always difficult when we lose one of our own. It is especially shocking in the case of a young, promising athlete in the prime of his life. His memory will live with us for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Norwegian federation and Alexander's family and friends.'' - Dennis Pursley, British Swimming head coach, in a statement.

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''Rest in peace Alex Dale Oen, you were a true champion, one that I truly admired... My sincere regards to his family and to Norway... :-('' - Olympian Milorad Cavic of Serbia on Twitter.

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''My thoughts are with Alexander Dale Oen's family. He was an amazing swimmer and loved watching his performance at World Champs last year.'' - Olympic champion Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe on Twitter.

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''RIP my friend, Alexander Dale Oen. One of the best breaststrokers of all time. you will be missed. So so sad.'' - Eamon Sullivan of Australia, the former 100-meter freestyle world record holder, on Twitter.

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''Such sad news for swimming,Alexander Dale Oen passed away y'day,100 breast World Champ!My thoughts are with his family.'' - Keri-Anne Payne, the 10-kilometer open water world champion from Britain, on Twitter.

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