When world champion Dale Oen died while training in Arizona earlier this year, it hit the swimming world hard. Oen, a 26-year-old from Norway, was one of the favorites in both the 100-meter and 200-meter Olympic events.
Oen was found unconscious in his hotel bathroom in April after suffering what was later discovered to be a heart attack. He was unaware that he had coronary heart disease at such a young age.
Skip ahead to London four months later and take note of Hungary's Daniel Gyurta. The gold medalist, who set a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke, is making a major magnanimous gesture. He told reporters in Hungary he will make a copy of his gold medal and give it to Oen's family.
"We became very good friends this year," Gyurta said. "I'm sure that he would have won the 100 here in London. This is the least I can do to pay respect to my friend."
It's likely Oen would have done the same, if the story was reversed. Oen became a hero in Norway after dedicating his world championship win to the 77 people killed in last year's massacre by Anders Breivik.
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