Olympic surfer Katherine Diaz killed by lightning

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Katherine Diaz, El Salvador’s prime surfer, who had been getting ready for the game’s Olympic debut this summer time, has died after being struck by lightning.

“A great athlete who has represented our country has left us,” the Salvadoran Surf Federation mentioned in a publish paying tribute to Katherine Diaz on social media. “See you soon, great warrior. El Salvador is in mourning.”

The 22 year-old had entered the water to begin a coaching session on Friday close to her residence in El Tunco when she was struck. She was getting ready for a match which may have earned her a Tokyo Olympics spot.

“Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and dear to us all,” mentioned the International Surfing Association (ISA).

“She excelled at the international competition level.”

The ISA added that Diaz – a worldwide ambassador – represented “her country with pride at both the World Surfing Games and ISA World Jr Surfing Championship”.

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