Athletics world in shock over death of Olympic sprinter Shavez Hart

Yohan Blake, Shavez Hart and Ameer Webb, pictured here in the 200m at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Yohan Blake, Shavez Hart and Ameer Webb compete in the 200m at the Rio Olympics in 2016. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

The athletics community is mourning the shocking death of Shavez Hart after the Olympic sprinter was shot down in the Bahamas at age 29.

The Royal Bahamas Police said the shooting occurred around 2am on Sunday morning in Mount Hope on the Abaco Islands.

According to local reports, Hart was attempting to break up a fight that erupted outside a nightclub.

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The fight reportedly occurred in the club's parking lot, with one man briefly leaving the scene before returning with a gun and shooting Hart in the chest.

The Bahamian athlete was taken to the Marsh Harbour Clinic, where he was pronounced dead.

A suspect has been arrested by police and an investigation is underway.

In a tragic twist, Hart was killed just four days before his 30th birthday. He leaves behind a wife and young son.

Shavez Hart, pictured here at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Shavez Hart at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Athletics world in shock over Shavez Hart's death

The Bahamas Olympic Committee led the tributes to Hart on social media.

"The Olympic family is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Shavez Hart, a proud native of Abaco," the BOC said in a statement.

"He was always very humble, yet proud and determined to offer the very best of himself for the sake of country."

Hart's mother told the Nassau Guardian: “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.”

Prime Minister Philip Brave Davies wrote on Twitter: “On behalf of my family and the people of The Bahamas, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Shavez Hart.

"As a country, we’ve been blessed to have had an amazing athlete carry our flag worldwide.

"Ann and I will keep the family of Shavez in our thoughts and prayers."

Mario Bowleg, the country's Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, said: “It is with great sadness that I join in the sporting fraternity in expressing heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Shavez Hart."

Hart was an eight-time Bahamian champion in the 100 and 200m.

He qualified for 2016 Olympics in Rio, with his time of 10.10 seconds in the 100m making him the third-fastest Bahamian of all time.

Hart previously attended Texas A&M University and won gold in the 4x100m relay at the 2013 CAC Championships.

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