The Australian athletics community is in mourning following the death of Commonwealth Games javelin thrower Jarrod Bannister, who has died suddenly aged 33.
The shock news was confirmed in a statement by Athletics Australia and is not being treated as suspicious.
Bannister, originally from Townsville, has been living and training in The Netherlands.
“On behalf of Athletics Australia, I extend our deepest condolences to Jarrod’s family and friends and urge the athletics fraternity to support each other at this difficult time,” said Athletics Australia CEO Darren Gocher.
Athletics Australia acknowledged Bannister’s mark of 89.02m is the current Australian record in javelin, set in Brisbane in 2008.
"Two years later, he won gold for his performance at the Delhi Commonwealth Games," they said.
"It was the highlight of the many occasions that Bannister represented Australia which also included the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, and the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.”
Athletics Australia today announced they would honour Jarrod’s career with a full Vale in the coming days.
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