Hungarian Olympic champion dies at 36

July 16th, 2008 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Budapest, July 16 (Xinhua) Two-time Olympic canoeing gold medallist Gyorgy Kolonics has passed away following a heart failure. He was 36. Kolonics, who passed away here Tuesday, lost consciousness and paramedics were not able to resuscitate him.

The Hungarian champion had won the Olympic gold medals in the 500-meter canoe doubles at the 1996 Atlanta Games and in the 500-meter singles at the 2000 Sydney Games. He also won a bronze in Atlanta in the 1,000-meter doubles race, teamed with Csaba Horvath, and in the same event at the 2004 Athens Games with Gyorgy Kozmann.

Kolonics won 15 world championships between 1993-2007, most of them teamed with Horvath.

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