The Straits Times
Published on Jan 04, 2013

South African Olympic mountain biker killed in road accident


JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South African Olympic mountain biker and former age-group world champion Burry Stander was killed in a road accident while training near his home on Thursday. He was just 25.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee confirmed the two-time Olympian's death and said the country's leading mountain biker died after a collision with a taxi in the Kwazulu-Natal province on South Africa's east coast.

Stander competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and came fifth last year in the mountain bike race at the London Games. He was also a former under-19 and under-23 world champion and South Africa's biggest star in the sport and one of the world's top riders.

"I'm totally shattered," SASCOC president Gideon Sam said, calling Stander "talented, ultra-competitive but at the same time extremely humble and a true gentleman".