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Hungarian Canoeist Probably Died of Arterial Plaque
    2008-07-18 09:31:03     Xinhua
An autopsy of Hungarian canoeist Gyorgy Kolonics found a small amount of plaque in his coronary arteries, which might explain his death, Hungarian News Agency MTI reported Thursday.

However, president of the Hungarian Kayak-Canoe Federation, Etele Barath said the autopsy did not find the real cause behind the sudden death of Kolonics, an Olympic gold medalist in 1996 and 2000.

Barath confirmed media reports that one part of the autopsy is being conducted at the Vienna laboratory of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

"This is a customary procedure when a leading sports figure dies," he said, while adding that there was no suspicion of drug use.

Dr. Istvan Berkes, director of the Sports Hospital and head of the medical committee of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, told a TV program that Kolonics had complained of a slight dizziness before a health checkup on July 9.

The 36-year-old canoeist died suddenly on Tuesday while training for the Beijing Olympics.

Apart from winning the Olympic golds, Kolonics won 15 world championships between 1997 and 2003. The Beijing Games would have been his fifth Olympics.


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