Olympian's grandmother died minutes after he won a bronze medal

Sinphet Kruaithong.
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Thai Olympian Sinphet Kruaithong's grandmother died Sunday just minutes after his family watched him win the bronze medal, several media outlets are reporting.

The Bangkok Post says Subin Khongthap, whose age has been reported as 82 or 84, was at an Olympics viewing party when she fainted. Khongthap gained consciousness after Kruaithong, 20, won the bronze in the 56kg weightlifting event, and was then taken to a hospital where she later died, Sports Illustrated reports. "The initial assumption is that she died from heart failure, but we have to wait for the hospital's result," a local police officer told Agence France-Presse. "I'm not sure if she was too excited, or if maybe she was already ill."

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