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Up-and-coming South African bodybuilder Sifiso Lungelo Thabathe looked to have a bright future ahead of him. He was already a champion at age 23, having won a prestigious junior championship in Johannesburg last month. His promising career was cut tragically short, however, after a freak accident at a competition over the weekend resulted in his death.
The accident occurred on Saturday in his home town of Umlazi, just south of the coastal city of Durban. Thabathe was being introduced to the crowd and making his way to the center of the gymnasium, where he tried to execute a back-flip, which Body Building South Africa chief Wayne Price told South Africa’s News24 was Thabathe’s “signature” move.
Thabathe attempted to wow the crowd on Saturday with that move, which he had executed flawlessly in July when he won the under-23, over-75 kilogram division at the Muscle Mulisha Grand Prix. (Thabathe, who is announced by the wrong name, begins his individual routine around eight minutes into the video below.)