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Lamela passes away

Former Spanish long-jumper Yago Lamela has died at the age of 36.

The Spanish athletics federation, RFEA, said it was sorry to learn of the death of the athlete who was a silver medallist at the 1999 World Championships and a bronze winner at the 2003 World Championships. Lamela also won world indoor silver medals in 1999 and 2003.

Lamela had a personal best of 8.56 metres, which he achieved both indoors and outdoors and remains a Spanish national record.

The RFEA said in a statement: "The RFEA deeply regrets the death of Yago Lamela, one of the greats of our sport, and offers its condolences to his family and friends. Today is a very sad day for Spanish athletics. Rest in peace."

The cause of Lamela's death has not been announced.

British long-jumper Chris Tomlinson expressed sorrow at the loss of a former rival competitor.

Tomlinson wrote on Twitter: "R.I.P to one of my Longjump Role models I learned a great deal from him and fully enjoyed competing with him. #yagolamela."

America's four-time outdoor world champion Dwight Phillips added: "Sad news my fellow competitor Yago Lamela has passed. RIP you inspired many my friend."