Olympics canoeing coach dies in Rio after taxi slams into concrete barrier

17 August 2016 / 2 months 1 week ago

Germany's Olympics canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze died in hospital days after his taxi slammed into a concrete barrier near the Rio Olympic park.

The 35-year-old was on his way to the athletes' village when the vehicle crashed and he sustained head injuries.

Henze began competing in canoeing in the mid-1990s, reports The Lad Bible.

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In 2004, he won the silver medal in the C-2 event at the Summer Olympics in Athens.

DOSB announced his death in a statement on its website, saying: "The coach of the German canoe slalom team at the Olympic Games succumbed to his head injuries in the presence of his family."

DOSB president Alfons Hormann said: "We are very sad today. Words can not describe approximately what we feel in the Olympic team after this terrible loss." 

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