JOHANNESBURG (AFP) — South African track cyclist Jeanne Nell has died following a crash while attempting to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, officials said on Wednesday.
Nell, a former national sprint, time trial, and keirin champion, fell during a keirin race in Cape Town on Tuesday and suffered head injuries. He later died in the hospital.
The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee said Nell was part of the men’s sprint team attempting to qualify for the Commonwealth Games later this year.
His coach Ricky Kulsen described Nell as “one of the best sprinters South Africa has ever had … a true champion lost to South African cycling.”
Nell represented South Africa at the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester last year.
Nell’s death follows that of South Africa’s Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander, who was killed in a car/bike collision during training.