BUDAPEST: Two-time Olympic canoeing gold medallist Gyorgy Kolonics has died after collapsing in his canoe during training.
The Hungarian Olympic Committee says the 36-year-old Kolonics lost consciousness on Tuesday and paramedics were not able to resuscitate him. The committee says the probable cause of death was heart failure.
Kolonics won Olympic gold medals in the 500 metre canoe doubles at the 1996 Atlanta Games and in the 500 metre singles at the Sydney Games. He also won bronze in Atlanta in the 1,000 metre doubles race, teaming with Csaba Horvath, and in the same event at the 2004 Athens Games with Gyorgy Kozmann.
Kolonics was training with Kozmann for next month’s Games, which would have been his fifth Olympics. — AP