Australian swimmer's brother killed in wreck

Jul 26, 2009 - 10:06 AM ROME(AP) -- The brother of Australia's Meagen Nay was killed in a car wreck, one day before the start of the world swimming championships.

Twenty-eight-year-old Amos Nay died Saturday in the Gold Coast. The news was relayed to his sister in Rome, where she planned to swim in the heats of the 400-meter freestyle relay on Sunday.

It wasn't known if Nay would take part in her other scheduled events later this week: the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 800 free relay.

"Obviously, everyone is devastated at the news," said Ian Hanson, a spokesman for Swim Australia. "But the team will support her in whatever decision she makes. She was named to the relay heats (in the 400 free), and she wants to swim that."

Her father, 1972 Olympian Robert Nay, was killed in a car accident in 1992 when his daughter was 4. Meagen's mother was in Rome for the championships, along with her stepfather.

"She is extremely heartbroken," said Olympic champion Stephanie Rice, who is one Nay's training partners in Brisbane.

Australian head coach Alan Thompson delivered the news to the entire team at a meeting Saturday night.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Meagen during this difficult time," Thompson in a statement.

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