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Welsh Olympian dies at the age of 39

Discus champion Philippa Roles was from Neath. Credit: uka.org.uk

UK Athletics says it is deeply saddened to learn of the death of two-time Olympian Philippa Roles this past weekend.

The 39-year-old discus thrower from Neath, Wales, represented Great Britain at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Roles also competed for the Swansea athletics club, her personal best throw of 62.89 metres, achieved in June 2003, has her placed fourth in the British all-time rankings.

The Wales’ 2008 discus Champion also placed fourth at two Commonwealth Games, in Manchester and Delhi, and sixth in Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne.

Niels de Vos, CEO of UK Athletics, spoke on behalf of the governing body: “All at UK Athletics send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Philippa at this sad time.”

Roles' Olympic debut came in Athens in 2004. The cause of death has not been confirmed.

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