Sporting world in mourning over death of Olympic hopeful at 25

Tsudoi Miyazak, pictured here after a triathlon.
Tsudoi Miyazaki was killed in a training accident in France. Image: Instagram

The Olympics community has been rocked by the tragic death of Japanese triathlete Tsudoi Miyazaki at age 25.

Miyazaki was killed in a training accident in France on Wednesday after being struck by a car.

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The triathlete was in a training camp just days after competing in the Pontevedra World Cup in Spain.

Miyazaki was reportedly riding her bike in Orleans - about 110km outside of Paris - when she was fatally struck by the car.

"World Triathlon and the Japan Triathlon Union want to offer our deepest condolences to Ms. Miyazaki's family, friends, coaches and teammates," the organisation said in a statement.

"The thoughts of all the Triathlon Family are with you all in these terrible times."

Police are yet to release any information about the incident, but said an investigation is ongoing.

The Japan Triathlon Union has sent additional resources to assist French authorities.

Tributes flow after tragic death of Tsudoi Miyazaki

Miyazaki won the Japan Under-23 Triathlon Championships in 2019 and was a highly-rated prospect in her home country.

She was hoping to compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris and the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old was ranked 142nd in the women’s World Triathlon Rankings at the time of her tragic death.

She finished 50th in her final event in a World Cup race in Pontevedra.

"So sad to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with all concerned," one fan wrote on social media.

Another added: "That is so sad. Condolences to her family."

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