The Brazilian athlete Leandro Prates Oliveira, champion of the 1,500 meters at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara 2011, died on Monday night at the age of 39 in the city of Sao Paulo, the Brazilian Association of Athletes reported on Tuesday.
Prates, one of the best long-distance runners and mid-runners in Brazil “leaves a huge void” with his departure, the association noted., of which the athlete was vice president, in a statement released by social networks. The causes of the athlete’s death have not yet been clarified and are under investigation by the authorities.
Prates’ body was found on Monday night on a road in the city of Sao Paulo, along with his weapon.. The athlete was a military policeman and worked at the School of Physical Education in the capital of São Paulo, where he lived. Versions of the local press indicate that it could be an accident, but the possibility that the athlete had been the victim of an assault is not ruled out.
“The history that Leandro wrote in athletics will remain forever in our memory,” said the Brazilian Athletics Confederation. Prates was the South American champion in Buenos Aires and the Pan American champion in Guadalajara in the 1,500 meters, in 2011, the year in which he achieved his greatest triumphs.. One before he obtained the bronze medal in the Ibero-Americans.