February 23, 2015

MOSCOW (AP) A 21-year-old Russian biathlete has died after suffering a heart attack during a Russian Cup race in Siberia.

Alina Yakimkina, a sports academy student from the central Russian city of Izhevsk, collapsed and died Saturday during the final cross-country skiing stage of a women's 15-kilometer race.

Igor Krasnov, a regional sports minister, told the Tass news agency that Yakimkina had been found to have a ''serious heart defect'' and that ''she was clean'' of doping.

Russian media reported that investigators had searched a medical clinic where last year a doctor had pronounced Yakimkina fit to compete.

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