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Sat Apr 19 11:28:38 SAST 2014

Brazilian rhythmic gymnast dies in car accident

Sapa-AP | 17 September, 2012 10:550 Comments
An athlete competes in the pommel horse at the Asian Games Town Gymnasium during day one of the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010 on November 13, 2010 in Guangzhou, China
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Brazil’s gymnastic federation says a 17-year-old rhythmic gymnast has died in a car accident.

The federation says Eduarda Mello Queiroz, who finished second in this year’s Brazilian championship, was killed early on Sunday in a one-car wreck in the southeastern state of Espirito Santo.

The car’s driver is in serious condition and another Brazilian gymnast, 19-year-old Natalia Gaudio, sustained minor injuries.

Brazil’s federal police say the car rolled down a small ravine and struck a tree after the driver lost control at a tight curve.

Queiroz was in the back seat and apparently was not wearing a seat belt.

Local media said they were returning from a party when the accident occurred.

No other details were immediately available.

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