Huang Wenpan, China’s most decorated athlete from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with five gold medals, died on the way to the hospital after a horrifying car crash in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
The tragic accident occurred at 4 p.m. on March 4 when the car he was driving suddenly swerved off the road drove into a lamppost, according to local police
The 22-year-old athlete was thrown out of his car as the vehicle rolled over on the sidewalk, according to Shanghaiist
. No injuries have been reported after the accident.
Paramedics arrived at the scene and tried to bring Huang to a nearby hospital. But he was pronounced dead before they reached their destination.
Huang took up swimming in 2010
despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He set a new world record by taking home five gold medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in the 200-meter freestyle S3, 50-meter breaststroke SB2, 150-meter individual medley SM3, 50-meter freestyle S3, and the mixed 4×50-meter freestyle.
However, his close opponent, Ukraine’s Dmytro Vynohradets, prevented him from acquiring every gold medal in the tournament. He won a silver medal in the 50-meter backstroke.
“I’m mobility-impaired on land but able to move easily in the water, so swimming gives me new life,”
Huang once told Xinhua
Featured Image (left) via Btime
, (right) Shanghaiist