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Grandmother of Thai weightlifting medalist dies while watching competition

Weightlifting - Olympics: Day 2

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Bronze medalist, Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand celebrates on the podium during the Men’s 56kg Group A weightlifting contest on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 2 on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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What was supposed to be a joyous occasion for the family of Thailand’s Sinphet Kruaithong turned into a tragic one Sunday afternoon.

While watching her grandson compete in the men’s 56 kg weightlifting competition, Kruaithong’s grandmother collapsed and died according to multiple media reports. Subin Khongthap was among family and friends watching the competition on a projection screen, an event in which Kruaithong would win a bronze medal.

“The initial assumption is that she died from heart failure - but we have to wait for the hospital’s result,” said Somwang Prangprakoan a police officer in northeastern Surin province.

“I’m not sure if she was too excited, or if maybe she was already ill,” he added.

Khongthap was 84 years old.