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Nigerian Olympic medalist Sunday Bada dies at age 42

December 13, 2011

Sunday Bada, an Olympic medalist from Nigeria, passed away on Monday, December 12. The retired sprinter was only 42 years old, and the details surrounding his sudden death remain unclear, according to The Associated Press.

Bada was serving as the technical director for The Athletics Federation of Nigeria, and recently attended a Nigeria Olympians Association meeting, where the federation's president Solomon Ogba told the AP that he appeared to be very healthy.

According to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the former runner won two silver medals and one gold in the 400-meter at the 1993, 1995 and 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He was also on the Nigerian Olympic relay team that won the gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Bada's team actually came in second, but Team USA was disqualified when one of the runners on their team admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the Nigerian Observer News.

People can make calls to Nigeria to talk to their friends about the unexpected loss of the national athletic icon and discuss the possibilities surrounding his sudden death.

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