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Australia champion javelin thrower Bannister dies

AFP  |  Sydney 

Australia's champion thrower has died suddenly in the Netherlands, said today.

Bannister, 33, who won gold at the 2010 Delhi and was the national record holder, had been training and living in with his girlfriend.

Reports said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

made the final of the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, and

The shattered the Australian track and field community, in which the charismatic was a popular

"RIP Bannister. A talented with so much more to give. You will be missed," Australia's dual world and Olympic hurdles champion said on

Jarrod's mark of 89.02m is the current Australian record in javelin, set in in 2008.

"On behalf of Australia, I extend our deepest condolences to Jarrod's family and friends and urge the fraternity to support each other at this difficult time," said chief executive

Bannister in 2013 was controversially banned for 20 months for missing drug tests.

The national record holder missed three tests within 18 months, which is treated the same as a positive test.

Bannister blamed poor communication and procedures by Athletics as a factor behind the circumstances that saw him breach the Whereabouts programme, which requires the drug agencies to be informed of the movements of athletes at all times.

In recent months Bannister had returned to serious training with a view to reigniting his career.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 14:30 IST