Kenneth is a record-breaking Hong Kong-Australian swimmer who had his wonders on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, died suddenly after a training session in the United States, officials said on Tuesday. He was 26.
Kenneth, who holds 17 Hong Kong records and won a silver medal as part of Australia 4×100 meter combination relay team at the 2013 world championships, was in the United States for a three-month training program at the University of Florida. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Swimming can get Olympic Swimming Tickets online.
Kenneth, who was born in Hong Kong and raised in Australia, died on Monday. The cause of death was not revealed. He felt sick at a training session and was taken to hospital where miserably, he passed away, the Hong Kong Sports Institute, where Kenneth was an Elite Scholarship Athlete since 2016, said in a statement.
“He was tremendously popular and loved by his teammates and competitors. Kenneth was known as a truly brilliant person, warm, funny and kind. His sudden passing is a massive loss to local sports.”
Kenneth, who transported his citizenship in 2016 to swim for Hong Kong, first began to shine at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore where he got six medals, including gold in the 4x100m medley.
In 2012, To won the men’s overall title in the FINA Swimming World Cup, before suing three medals in the FINA World Swimming Championships in Istanbul. He was also a member of the Australian teams at the 2014 Commonwealth Games that took gold in the 4x100m freestyle and silver in the 4x100m medley.
World swimming governing body said in a statement it learned with “huge sorrow” about Kenneth’s death and described him as a reference and example for the youth in the region.
Australian swimmer James Magnussen posted an honor to Kenneth on Instagram here saying:
“Shocking news to hear of the passing of my competitor but most of all, friend. We have been racing with each other and making teams together since we were 16. He will remain one of the severest competitors I’ve ever stood on the blocks next Kenneth. I determinedly believe that for a long period he was pound for pound, the best swimmer in the world.”
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