Welsh Olympian Shaun Pickering has died aged 61.
Pickering was a bronze medalist for Wales at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
He was also an Olympian at the 1996 Atlanta Games, where he placed 27th.
Pickering later became UK Athletic’s national heavy-pitching coach.
He was the son of the late BBC commentator Ron Pickering and former British Olympian Jean.
Team GB long jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford led the online tributes.
Taking to Instagram, Rutherford said, “Incredibly sad news to wake up to.”
“Shaun was a really good man and a pillar of the athletics community.
“We will miss him.”
In honor of Welsh Athletics said: “Everyone at Welsh Athletics is saddened by the news that Hall of Fame inductee, multiple Welsh champion and record holder Shaun Pickering has passed away.”
“Our thoughts are with Shaun’s friends and family at this sad time.”
The Ron Pickering Fund, a charity dedicated to supporting budding British athletes, added: “It is with profound sadness that we learned today of the passing of our beloved Shaun Pickering.”
“Shaun has done so much for athletics and continued the amazing legacy of his parents Ron and Jean.”
“Our hearts go out to Shaun’s family and friends at this terribly sad time 💔.”
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