Olympic sprinter shot dead after trying to break up a row outside nightclub

Olympic sprinter Shavez Hart has died after being shot while trying to break up an argument outside a nightclub.

Hart, who represented the Bahamas at the Rio Olympics in 2016, was killed as he attempted to stop a group of men from fighting outside a nightclub in Mount Hope on the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas at around 2am on Saturday morning.

It happened just four days before his 30th birthday, which is today (Tuesday 6 September). One of the men involved is said to have left the car park and taken a gun out of his car before shooting Hart in the chest. Hart was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to local media, a suspect was subsequently arrested and taken into police custody.

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The 29-year-old leaves behind a wife and a son. Speaking to the Nassau Guardian, his mother Shammaine Hart relayed her distress, saying: "He was such a good son – very quiet and always helpful. He did a lot of work in the community and was always trying to give back. I will certainly miss him."

Bahamas prime minister Philip Brave Davis was one of many to pay tribute to the athlete, who also carried his country's flag at the World Indoor Championships.

He wrote on Twitter: "On behalf of my family and the people of the Bahamas, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Shavez Hart.

"As a country we are blessed to have a great athlete to carry our flag around the world. Ann and I will keep the Shavez family in our thoughts and prayers."

Bahamian sports minister Mario Bowleg added: "It is with great sadness that I express my heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Olympian Shavez Hart!"

Hart was an eight-time Bahamian champion in 100m and 200m. He qualified for the Rio Games in 2016 after recording a time of 10.1 seconds in the 100m – a personal best.

However, he failed to make the final in Brazil, finishing fifth in his heat behind the likes of Usain Bolt and Team GB's James Dasaolu.

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