May she rest in peace! A 25 year old Russian athlete named Margarita Plavunova was found dead on the side of the road after going out for a run.
Plavunova was a champion hurdler. She went out for a jog in the Morshansky District in western Russia earlier in the week. A while later, she was found dead at the side of the road. Eyewitnesses said she fell into the grass while training. Local residents called paramedics, but they could not save the athlete.
Plavunova had almost 6000 followers on her social media. Her followers include former Russian striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov. Her boyfriend Pasha Sedykh confirmed her death on his personal Instagram.
According to the regional athletics federation, she suffered a cardiac arrest while training. Local news said the cardiac arrest was due to excessive training. Her coach Elena Melnikova said she had acute heart failure. The regional federation is currently raising funds for her funeral. She was not known to have previous health issues.
The athlete was competing in national championships, and was a multiple regional, Central Federal District and All-Russia champion. She was doing both sprinting and hurdling. She was a student champion in the 60m hurdles and was competing in the 100m and 400m hurdles. Her personal best for the 100m hurdles was 14.06 seconds. She was training to improve her timings for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The strain from that physical activity might have contributed to the cardiac arrest.
Plavunova graduated from the Tomsk State University.
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