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Mikael Ljungberg; won gold in wrestling at 2000 Olympics

STOCKHOLM -- Mikael Ljungberg, who won a gold medal for Sweden in wrestling at the 2000 Olympics, died Tuesday at a Gothenburg hospital, the Swedish Wrestling Federation said. He was 34.

The cause of death was not released. Bloomberg News reported that Mr. Ljungberg committed suicide.

''The news about his death came as a shock. It feels unreal. It feels empty," the federation said in a statement.

Mr. Ljungberg won the gold medal in the 213-pound class at the Sydney Games by beating Ukraine's David Saldadze on points. American Garrett Lowney won the bronze. It was Sweden's first Olympic gold in wrestling in 48 years.

He won Olympic bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Mr. Ljungberg also twice won the gold at the world championships.

Frank Steen, Mr. Ljungberg's coach, recalled him as one of the Scandinavian country's greatest wrestlers. ''He will go down in history," he said.

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