Unfortunately, 21-year-old Swedish sprinter Emilia Brangefalt ended her life.
Rising star’s struggles draw attention to emotional health issues in sport
Trail running local grieves the fateful loss of a promising competitor
The trail running universe is grieving the sad death of Swedish competitor Emilia Brangefalt, who took her own life at the age of 21.
FALLECE EMILIA BRANGEFALT 🥉TAILANDIA 2022.
In 21 years of races with 48k in Transvulcania and 45k in Mundial Innsbruck (top 5), fuel has been identified as a cardiopathy with a tremendous physical and emotional impact. DEP.
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Who was Emilia Brangefalt?
Swedish sprinter Emilia Brangefalt, a rising star in the major distance game, has died aged 21, leaving a void in the local running scene. Brangefalt’s outstanding achievements include securing a bronze medal in the 40-kilometer race at the 2022 Path Big race in Chiang Mai and placing fifth in the big race in Innsbruck this year.
The aspiring competitor faced a challenge in his profession when he decided that his pulse rate was unusually high, which convinced him to take some time away from the game. In a matter-of-fact Instagram post shared on November 4, Brangefalt focused on the physical and mental challenges she experienced during this difficult time.
“Even just going for a walk is hard right now,” Brangefalt said, noting the struggle to have a typical existence despite different clinical evaluations showing positive results. He pondered whether his busy race schedule, which included the Transvulcania 48k and WMTRC 45k, might have contributed to his medical issues over the middle distance.
On November 13, the Swedish Games League confirmed terrifying new information about Brangefalt’s self-destruction, revealing that he had been facing serious physical and mental problems in recent months. The claim included the words of SAF captain Kasja Bergqvist, who struggled to find the words to express the profound misfortune of losing such a young and promising rival.
Brangefalt’s subsidiary Vasteras FK likewise expressed their despair, expressing the serious reality of the cost that superior presentation sports can impose on people.