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Burry Stander: South African mountain biker killed in crash

2013-01-04 02:16:02

Burry Stander

South African mountain biker Burry Stander has died in a road accident while on a training ride.

The 25-year-old, who finished fifth at the London Olympics in 2012, was killed in a collision with a taxi in Shelly Beach, a town in the KwaZulu-Natal province on South Africa's east coast.

Stander was a two-time Olympian, having also competed in Beijing in 2008.

He was also a former Under-19 and Under-23 world champion and finished third in the 2010 World Championships.

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius tweeted: "Absolutely devastated by the tragic news of Burry Stander's passing. A South African icon and sporting great. RIP my friend."

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) president Gideon Sam added in a statement: "Burry was the epitome of an Olympic athlete; talented, ultra-competitive but at the same time extremely humble and a true gentleman."

Britain's Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, fellow Team GB rider and British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton have also recently been involved in collisions with cars.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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