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Monday, December 8, 2008

Marthon Champion Dies at Age 41

On Monday it was announced that Australia's double Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist Kerryn McCann has died from cancer at age 41. She has long been regarded as one of Australia's best female long-distance runners. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Apparently the cancer spread to her liver four months ago.

It is reported that she died in peace at her home south of Sydney with her husband and three children by her side. "On behalf of the entire athletics community, I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to the McCann family," Athletics Australia President Rob Fildes said in a statement. "Kerryn will fondly be remembered for being an extremely popular team member who represented her country on 14 occasions, across an athletics career that spanned 22 years."

In 1996 at Atlanta and 2000 at the Sydney Olympics McCann competed in the marathon but saved her best performances for the Commonwealth Games.

She won the gold medal in Manchester in 2002 and later defended her title in Melbourne Australia four years later with an incredible last-lap effort against Kenyan Hellen Cherono. At that time she was 38.

She will be missed by the running community throughout the world.


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