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Australian sprinter Daniel Batman dies in car crash

June 27, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Australian sprinter Daniel Batman competes in 2003.
Australian sprinter Daniel Batman competes in 2003. (AFP / Getty Images )

Australian sprinter Daniel Batman, who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was considered one of the best sprinters in his country's history, was killed  Tuesday in a car accident near Darwin, Australia. He was 31.

Batman's car hit a culvert and rolled. Police say speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors.

Batman was the Australian national 200-meter champion in 2005 and 2008.

"It's a massive loss for the athletics fraternity," Matt Shirvington, Batman's former training partner, told Australia's SEN radio. "We've had faster sprinters but he would be the best all-round sprinter we've had."

Batman recently failed in an attempt to qualify for the London Olympics.


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