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Belarus Cycling Star Dies In Traffic Accident


Zinaida Stahurskaya

Zinaida Stahurskaya

VITEBSK -- Prominent Belarusian cyclist Zinaida Stahurskaya, 38, was killed in a traffic accident on June 25, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Stahurskaya was the world cycling champion in 2000.

Although she had been living in Italy in recent years, she arrived in Vitebsk a week ago to train for the upcoming national cycling championships.

She was struck by a car while riding behind her trainer's vehicle and killed on the spot.

An investigation is under way.
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