AMERICAN distance runner Gabriele Grunewald has died at the age of 32 following a 10-year battle with cancer.
The track star has been hailed as an inspiration by her husband Justin, while British athlete Jo Pavey offered her condolences.
In an emotional message, Justin said on Instagram: “At 7:52 I said ‘I can’t wait until I get to see you again’ to my hero, my best friend, my inspiration, my wife.
“I always felt like the Robin to your Batman and I know I will never be able to fill this gaping hole in my heart or fill the shoes you have left behind. Your family loves you dearly as do your friends.
“To everyone else from all ends of the earth, Gabriele heard your messages and was so deeply moved.
“She wants you to stay brave and keep all the hope in the world. Thanks for helping keep her brave in her time of need.”
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