24-Year-Old Rower Dies During Training

Serbian athlete was healthy at last checkup

Megan Stroup

A presumably healthy Serbian rower died Wednesday during a training session at the age of 24. Nemanja Nesic, a decorated member of the Serbian national rowing team, inexplicably collapsed while practicing on the water in his hometown of Smederevo. Nesic’s coach was able to bring him to shore, but a medical team’s efforts to revive him failed. According to a statement by the general secretary, Nesic appeared healthy during his last medical checkup five weeks ago. An autopsy is underway. Nesic was training for the World Rowing Cup, due to take place next week.

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