ALEXANDER DALE OEN, a world-champion swimmer who was one of Norway's top medal hopes for the London Olympics, died during a training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was 26.

The president of the Norwegian swimming federation, Per Rune Eknes, told the Associated Press in a phone interview that Dale Oen died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

In a statement, the federation said the 100-meter breaststroke world champion was found collapsed on the floor of his bathroom late Monday. He was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Hospital spokeswoman Starla Collins confirmed the death, but did not provide further details.

Dale Oen earned his biggest triumph in the pool at last year's worlds in Shanghai when he won the 100 breaststroke.

The Norwegian team is holding a camp in Flagstaff ahead of the Olympics. The federation said Dale Oen had only underwent a light training session on Monday and played golf that day.

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