Australian sprinter Daniel Batman has been killed in a car crash southeast of Darwin.
Police say the 31-year-old Canberra man died sometime after midnight CST on Monday when his car rolled in Marrakai.
“Although we’re still in the early stages of the investigation, it appears as though the man was travelling east on the Arnhem Highway in a Holden Commodore when the vehicle left the road, crashed into a culvert and landed 10 metres off the road,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Worrall said in a statement.
Detectives are not sure what caused the athlete’s car to leave the road but say they believe speed and alcohol could be factors in the crash.
The crash site was discovered about 7am on Tuesday by a passing motorist and the highway was closed for several hours as investigators worked at the scene.
Batman represented Australia as a sprinter at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
He had a daughter with Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris.
Australian athletes past and present have taken to Twitter to share their memories of Batman.
Former world hurdles champion Jana Pittman remembered childhood trips spent with the sprinter.
“So sad to hear the news of Daniel Batman’s passing … we spent most of our teens on trips together,” she wrote on the social networking site.
Retired sprinter Matt Shirvington said Batman’s death was a loss for the sport: “Daniel Batman was the best all-round sprinter Australia has ever seen.
“Rest in peace mate.”
London Olympics team member Lauren Boden reflected on a young life lost.
“Sad & shocking news about passing of Daniel Batman,” she tweeted.
“Thoughts with his family at this tough time. A vibrant person but life cut short.”