19 Feb 2009

Top hammer thrower dies, aged 26

7:59 pm on 19 February 2009

An Olympic gold-winning female hammer thrower has died at the age of 26.

Kamila Skolimowska of Poland won the Sydney 2000 Olympic title when she was just 17.

A colleague, Szymon Ziolkowski, said Skolimowska died despite attempts to revive her while attending a training camp in Faro, Portugal, on Wednesday.

"Kamila arrived in a weightlifting room and was taken ill and lost consciousness," Ziolkowski said.

"We managed to revive her and call an ambulance. However, en route to the (medical) centre she had another attack. And despite the best efforts of the medical team they were unable to revive her."

Skolimowska also won medals at European Championships level and appeared in the 2008 Beijing Olympic final, though, she failed to register a valid throw.