Torrin Lawrence

U.S. 400m runner Torrin Lawrence dies in car accident

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U.S. 400m runner Torrin Lawrence died when a semi truck crashed into his stationary car after one of his tires blew out on a Georgia interstate early Monday morning, a sheriff confirmed.

Lawrence, 25, was on Interstate 75 near Cordele, Ga., 94 miles north of the Florida-Georgia border when the tire blew out.

He called 911 with his car sitting in the middle lane of a three-lane highway, and the crash happened around 1:45 a.m., before a deputy arrived, Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said.

“We’re not exactly sure where he was in relation to the car,” Hancock said. “He was caught up in the accident.”

Lawrence, 25, ran in the 4x400m relay heats at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas, on May 24. The U.S. went on to win the event, and Lawrence earned a gold medal.

Lawrence finished ninth in the 400m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships on June 27.

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Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky big winners at Team USA Awards

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky
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Swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Olympic Games at the Team USA Awards, which took place Wednesday evening at Georgetown University’s McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, claimed six medals in Rio to increase his Olympic medal total to 28.

Ledecky broke two world records on her way to winning four golds and one silver in Rio.

Other winners included:

Team of the Olympic Games: Final Five (women’s gymnastics)

Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Tatyana McFadden (track and field)

Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Brad Snyder (swimming)

Team of the Paralympic Games: Women’s sitting volleyball

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

MORE: Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

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Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook from Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:

400 free gold medalists 🏅 #teamusaindc @usaswimming @kledecky

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