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Harlow-born Olympic medallist dies

Acer Nethercott won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games Credit: PA

A silver medal-winning Olympian from Harlow in Essex has died.

Acer Nethercott was 35, he had been battling brain cancer.

Described as "the top British cox of his time", he was part of the British mens eight who won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

The chairman of British Rowing, Di Ellis, said she was "deeply saddened" by his death:

"Acer was a young man who always appeared as an independent spirit with a sense of fun but once in the boat was a determined competitive cox for his crew whether club, university or country,"

Harlow-born Nethercott's rowing career began at Oxford University, where he was the cox in three men's Boat Races, forming part of the winning team in both 2003 and 2005.

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