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Tribute paid to Andreas Kiligkaridis

Greek canoeing champion Andreas Kiligkardis died on Wednesday after losing his battle against leukemia.

The 37-year-old had been in a coma since last Tuesday at a hospital in Poland – where he was participating in the world championship – after collapsing and being found unconscious in his hotel room by a teammate.

“The federation mourns the loss of Andreas Kiligkaridis, his passing has made Greek canoeing poorer,» said the Hellenic Canoe-Kayak Federation in a media statement.

“In his race for life unfortunately he did not win, breathing his last breath in a hospital in Poland after a brave battle. The federation shares the pain of his family and our thoughts are with them. Have a safe journey Andreas.”

Kiligaridis, a flatwater sprint canoe specialist, competed for Greece in three Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

[Reuters]