loyd Cowan, the athletics coach who guided Christine Ohuruogu to 400m Olympic gold in 2008, has died at the age of 58.
Cowan, an athlete himself who competed at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, coached a number of high-profile athletes, including Commonwealth and European hurdles champion Andy Turner, but was best-known for his work with Ohuruogu, who also won two world titles under his tutelage.
British Athletics said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Lloyd Cowan MBE. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
Britain’s 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith led the tributes, tweeting: “Today is a very sad day for our community. Heartbreaking news. God bless you Lloyd. You changed so many peoples lives, brought light and laughter to even more. We were so blessed to have known you and to have been a part of your story. Such a wonderful, generous and hilarious man.”
Turner tweeted that he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of Cowan’s passing, adding: “I owe him everything.”
Linford Christie also tweeted his condolences, adding: “The space you left cannot be filled”.
Cowan’s son Dwayne is an international athlete who won a bronze medal as part of Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team at the 2017 World Championships in London.
Additional reporting by PA.