Olympic athlete Braian Toledo dies in bike crash ahead of Tokyo 2020

Braian Toledo has tragically died after being involved in a bike crash in his native Argentina just months before the Olympic javelin thrower was due to compete at the Games in Tokyo.

The 26-year-old was preparing to go for gold in Japan this summer but his hopes of bringing home a medal have sadly been dashed.

Toledo’s first Olympics came at London 2012 when he was just 18, and the rising star finished in 30th place.

Four years later in Brazil, the South American came 10th as he stepped up his game for the Rio Olympics.

Toledo had a huge future ahead of him in javelin, having won many medals at youth level.

  • London should host 2020 Olympics if coronavirus forces Tokyo change, says mayoral candidate

  • Pole vaulter suffers horror 'scrotum' injury after nasty fall leaves him with 18 stitches

And his potential was shown in 2017 at the South American Championships where Toledo won gold.

His personal best for 800g came back in 2015 in Beijing when he launched his javelin 83.32m.

The javelin world is in mourning today, though, after his untimely passing following a crash with his motorcycle near Marcos Paz.

  • FIFA confirm where Liverpool stand with Mohamed Salah, Egypt and the 2020 Olympics

Gerardo Werthein, president of the Argentine Olympic Committee, released a statement on Toledo’s death.

He said: “We have lost a great person (…) Extraordinary athlete, humble, generous, always supportive of others. Dear Braian QEPD.

“We will miss you very much. We will pray for you. My condolences to the whole family in this heartbreaking and sad moment”.

Source: Read Full Article