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Olympic Weightlifter's Grandmother Collapses And Dies While Celebrating His Medal Win

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This is so sad, at such a bittersweet moment for this poor Olympian.

Thaliand's Sinphet Kruaithong became the first male weightlifter to ever medal for his country at the Olympics on Sunday when he earned the bronze medal in weightlifting's 56-kilogram division in Rio.

But the amazing moment very quickly turned tragic.

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During the ensuing celebration back in Kruaithong's hometown of Surin, half a continent away from Brazil, his grandmother collapsed and died during the eruption of national pride and family support.

82-year-old Subin Khongthap reportedly fainted at the live viewing party for Kruaithong's achievement, according to media reports, and never actually witnessed her grandson win the bronze medal.

At some point after collapsing, she regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital, but she died there roughly an hour later.

Just before the event, she had spoken to the local media about her grandson (below):

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