Japanese triathlete dies while training in France

A Japanese triathlete who was preparing for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris died after a fall in training on Wednesday in Saint-Cyr-en-Val (Loiret), the public prosecutor of Orléans, Emmanuelle Bochenek-Puren, announced on Thursday. .

According to the prosecution, the 25-year-old victim was riding with two other cyclists from the Japanese team, when “she suddenly fell, swerving to the opposite lane” when another vehicle passed. Despite the intervention of the emergency services, the young woman died, indicates the prosecutor.

The prosecution did not wish to reveal the identity of the victim.

The prosecution has opened an investigation, entrusted to the national gendarmerie, for manslaughter in order to determine the circumstances of the accident. “The first screenings carried out on the driver of the vehicle involved, a man of German nationality residing in France, are negative”, specifies the magistrate in a press release, while an autopsy was requested. The prosecution did not wish to reveal the identity of the victim.

Reached by AFP, the mayor of Saint-Cyr-en-Val, Vincent Michaut, regretted “a dramatic traffic accident”. “This is a triathlete from the Japanese team who was training in Sologne. She could have made the Paris Olympics “confirmed the elected representative of the small town in the suburbs of Orléans.

Hideo Fukui, a technician for the Japanese triathlon team, has been living in Sologne, in Loiret, since 2019 to prepare for the Paris Olympics. Its mission is to analyze training techniques in France and to prepare the reception of triathletes from its country for Paris-2024.

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