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Katherine Diaz 2021 Surfer. Olympic hopeful. Katherine Díaz Hernández hit by lightning .
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Mon, 22 Mar 2021 17:00:00 +0000

"Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and dear to us all

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" 22-year-old Olympic surfing hopeful Katherine Diaz was killed after 

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An Olympic hopeful was killed while training for an upcoming surfing competition.

Katherine Díaz Hernández, 22, was hit by lightning Friday while training for El Salvador’s surfing federation’s competition that is scheduled for May, CNN reported.

"Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and dear to us all."

22-year-old Olympic surfing hopeful Katherine Diaz was killed after reportedly being struck by lightning while training.

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Díaz Hernández was in the water at El Tunco beach Friday, federation officials told CNN.

Her uncle said she had gone to hug a friend, and as soon as the hug was over, the lightning struck.

Her uncle said Díaz Hernández died instantly and the friend was thrown from her board because of the bolt’s intensity.

Spectators on shore saw the lightning hit and they got her back onshore, but were unable to save her, The Associated Press reported.

The International Surfing Association 2021 Surf City El Salvador World Surfing Games will be held from May 29 to June 6 and is the last qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics.

This is the first time surfing will be featured in an Olympics.

Surfers will honor Díaz Hernández with a “paddle out” Tuesday, a ceremony in which they sit on their boards away from shore and share memories, the AP reported.

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"Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and dear to us all."

22-year-old Olympic surfing hopeful Katherine Diaz was killed after reportedly being struck by lightning while training.

https://t.co/9BzHGpmaqQ

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Mon, 22 Mar 2021 17:00:00 +0000

A 22-year-old surfer who hoped to qualify for the Olympics has been tragically killed

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Monday, March 22nd, 2021 12:01pm

By Emma Mullan

A 22-year-old surfer who hoped to qualify for the Olympics has been tragically killed.

Katherine Diaz, from El Salvador, was training for an upcoming Olympic qualifier event on Friday when she was struck by lightning in the water at El Tunco beach, it has been confirmed. 

The Guardian reports that emergency services tried to revive her on the beach, but the attempts were unsuccessful.

It is believed that a sudden change in weather had caught those on the beach by surprise with one person saying: "The sky was clear and it was an unforeseen storm that did not seem to carry much electrical intensity either."

According to Sky News, the young athlete had competed in numerous surfing events and had high hopes for competing in the Tokyo Games, where surfing has been included for the first time.

Following the tragic news, the International Surfing Association tweeted: "Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and dear to us all, as a global ambassador of the sport.

It is with a heavy heart that the ISA has learned about the passing of El Salvador’s Katherine Diaz.

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"She excelled at the int'l competition level, representing her country with pride at both the World Surfing Games and ISA World Jr Surfing Championship."

 

#Deportes | Último adiós a la surfista salvadoreña que falleció, al ser fulminada por rayo, en playa El Tunco

El presidente del @indeselsalvador, @ybukele ha lamentado el deceso de la seleccionada salvadoreña de Surf, Katherine Díaz.https://t.co/lM8IOYlS7L pic.twitter.com/rC5aCHJzjY

 

Katherine's funeral took place on Sunday, just two days after her tragic death. 

 

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