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Just 24 hours after a "brilliant infection" was detected, Belgium's junior powerlifting champion, Laura Delava, has died at the age of 18, local newspaper Sudinfo reported.

The young woman started in this sport similar to weightlifting in the summer of 2022 and in September of that same year she was proclaimed champion of Belgium in less than 69 kilos in the subjunior category and achieving four national records.

"This Monday, April 24, 2023, hope was extinguished at 13:00 p.m. when the doctor came to inform us of Laura's irrecoverable state," explained a relative of Laura Delava on the social network Instagram.

The president and coach of the Poids et Haltères club in the town of Seraing, Michel Bertrand, said in statements to the local press that "nothing presaged this tragedy".

"It will leave a big void in our sports community," added the head of the club where Delava trained, who in parallel studied sports coaching.

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