Australian javelin record holder Jarrod Bannister dies

Australian javelin record holder and Olympic finalist Jarrod Bannister has died in The Netherlands.

Bannister, 33, had been living and training in Holland and it is believed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Australia's world champion hurdler, Sally Pearson, is leading tributes to Bannister, posting on Twitter: "A talented athlete with so much more to give. You will be missed."

External Link: Sally Pearson tweets: R.I.P Jarrod Bannister. A talented athlete with so much more to give. You will be missed

The Townsville-born Bannister finished sixth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the same year he set a national record of 89.02 metres, and won gold two years later at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

The two-time Olympian was seventh at the 2011 world championships in Daegu but was controversially handed a 20-month doping ban in 2013 after failing three whereabouts drug tests.

Bannister maintained drug testers arrived at a hotel where he was staying in Cologne, Germany, but were told he had checked out the previous day.

He was actually in the hotel in a room shared with another Australian athlete, with the accommodation paid for by Athletics Australia (AA).

Australian hurdler Lauren Wells posted on Twitter: "Jarrod — Aussie larakin (sic), talented athlete & nice guy, gone too soon."

Olympian and athletics commentator David Culbert described Bannister on Twitter as "a super athlete who sadly had many demons".

External Link: Athletics Australia tweet: Athletics Australia is saddened and shocked to learn of the death of Jarrod Bannister, aged 33.

AA is set to pay honour to Bannister's career in the coming days.

"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," AA chief executive Darren Gocher said in a statement.

Commonwealth Games Australia and the Australian Sports Commission were others to express sadness at the death of Bannister.


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