Norway's Alexander Dale Oen was considered a favorite in the 100m and 200m breaststroke at these London games. Dale Oen, however, died earlier this year due to a rare heart disease at the age of 26. To pay his respects and honor a friend, 200m Gold medal winner Daniel Gyurta of Hungary said he will have a copy made in honor of Dale Oen.
"We became very good friends this year," Gyurta said. "I'm sure that he would have won the 100 here in London.
"This is the least I can do to pay respect to my friend."
Bjørn Soleng, General Secretary of the Norwegian Swimming Federation, said on behalf of the family that he is sure they will appreciate the gesture very much.
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Daniel Gyurta makes copy of gold medal for family of Norway's Alexander Dale Oen [Herald Sun]