Katherine Diaz was keen to make it to this year’s Tokyo Summer Olympics
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Salvadoran surfer Katherine Diaz was killed after being struck by lightning while training for a qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 22-year-old was punched just after entering the water on Friday at El Tunco beach, about 10 miles south of the capital San Salvador, local media reported.
“Katherine embodied the joy and energy that makes surfing so special and dear to all of us, as a global sports ambassador,” said the International Surfing Association (ISA) in one of the many tributes published on social networks.
A global sports ambassador
Diaz was preparing for the ISA World Surfing Games, which will be held from May 29 to June 6 on the beaches of La Bocana and El Sunzal in El Salvador.
The top seven women in the event who have yet to qualify will earn a spot at the delayed Tokyo Olympics, where surfing will be a medal-winning sport for the first time.