Norwegian swimmers pay tribute to Dale Oen

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DEBRECEN, Hungary (AP) -- Norwegian swimmers were moved to tears when fallen teammate Alex Dale Oen was remembered with a special tribute at the start of the European swimming championships.

Three weeks ago, Dale Oen died suddenly from cardiac arrest during a pre-Olympic training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz. He would have celebrated his 27th birthday Monday.

Before the start of the Euros first finals session, a video tribute was played and Norwegian Swimming Federation president Per Rune Eknes was called to the stage.

Norwegians are wearing black swim caps bearing Dale Oen's initials on one side -- "A.D.O."

Dale Oen won the 100 breaststroke at last year's world championships in Shanghai to give Norway its first such title in swimming.