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Triathlete Tsudoi Miyazaki Dies at Age 25 After Being Struck by Car

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 28, 2022

AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Japanse triathlete Tsudoi Miyazaki died Wednesday after being hit by a car while training on her bicycle near Orleans, France, per Olalla Cernuda of World Triathlon.

The 25-year-old recently completed the Pontevedra World Cup in Spain and was at an individual training camp in France at the time of the crash.

"World Triathlon and the Japan Triathlon Union want to offer our deepest condolences to Ms. Miyazaki's family, friends, coaches and teammates," the organization said in a statement. "The thoughts of all the Triathlon Family are with you all in these terrible times."

Miyazaki finished 50th in her latest competition in Spain and posted pictures and video on Instagram on Tuesday.

"It was a good experience and I hope it doesn't end, and I'm going to use what I feel next," Miyazaki said in the caption, via TMZ Sports. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the challenge. Thank you for your support."

She won the Japan U23 Triathlon Championships in 2019 and was aiming to qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

French authorities are reportedly investigating the crash.

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