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Kelly Catlin: Three-time world track champion dies aged 23

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Kelly Catlin (left) won three straight world titles as part of the USA women’s team pursuit squad

Three-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist Kelly Catlin has died aged 23, USA Cycling has confirmed.

Catlin won three straight team pursuit world titles on the track from 2016 to 2018, claiming silver in the same event at the Rio 2016 Games.

She competed for Rally UHC Cycling on the road and was studying for a graduate degree at Stanford University.

“We are deeply saddened by Kelly’s passing,” said USA Cycling president and chief executive Rob DeMartini.

“We will all miss her dearly. Kelly was more than an athlete to us and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family. This is an incredibly difficult time and we want to respect their privacy.

“The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s team-mates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”

The cause of death is unknown, but in email sent to Stanford students, according to the Stanford Daily