A South African bodybuilding champion has died from horrific injuries after an attempted backflip during a competition went badly wrong.
Sifiso Lungelo Thabete broke his neck after landing on his head.
Worried officials raced toward the former junior world champion when he remained motionless on the mat on Saturday.
South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution wrote of the champion: ‘The bodybuilding community was shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of Sifiso Lungelo Thabete, a bodybuilder from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, at the weekend.’
It reports that he was tipped for a bright future, having been a former IFBB Junior World Champion in the up to 75kg category.
He had ‘impressed the crowd and the judges with unbelievable muscle size and maturity beyond his age’ in his most recent competition, it reported.