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S. Korean teen cyclist killed during training in Thailand

All News 11:15 January 30, 2020

SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korean cycling prospect Eom Se-beom has been killed in a crash during a training run in Thailand, officials said Thursday.

The Korea Cycling Federation (KCF) said Eom was hit by a vehicle around 10 a.m. Tuesday in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and was pronounced dead in an ambulance on his way to a hospital. He was 18 years old.

This file photo from Oct. 17, 2019, shows South Korean cyclist Eom Se-beom at the Asian Junior Cycling Championship in Seoul, following his gold medal in the men's team pursuit race. (Yonhap)

The KCF said Thai authorities are investigating the accident. It's believed that the vehicle drifted over the center line and crashed into Eom when he was going down a slope. Eom was riding alone at the time. Though a car carrying Eom's coaches was trailing the rider, Eom was briefly out of their view on a curve when the accident occurred.

Eom was considered one of South Korea's brightest prospects on track. He won two gold medals at the Asian Junior Cycling Championship last October in South Korea, setting the continental junior records in team pursuit and individual pursuit.

Eom also swept individual pursuit titles at a handful of national events in 2019. He was scheduled to receive the top rookie cyclist in the high school division at the annual Korea Cycling Federation Awards at a ceremony on Feb. 17.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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