(CNN Radio Argentina) - The Argentine sports world is shocked by the death of Olympic athlete Braian Toledo , a javelin throwing specialist, who died Thursday at age 26 in an accident with his motorcycle in the Buenos Aires town of Marcos Paz.
The former captain of the Argentine Handball team Andrés Kogovsek, also an Olympic athlete like Toledo, was shocked by the death of the young athlete.
In dialogue with Café with Pepe , Kogovsek said he is "shocked" by the death of Toledo, whom he described as "a fantastic kid, a humble boy."
MIRA: Argentine athlete Braian Toledo dies at 26
“He had a huge future, an extensive life ahead. It's a huge shame, ”he said.
The accident, according to the state news agency Télam, occurred on provincial route number 40 when the motorcycle driving Toledo ran into a “donkey's back” and the body was thrown through the air about 30 meters to hit a palm tree.
Kogovsek recalled that he met Toledo at the London Olympics in 2012. "He was one of the youngest of the delegation, a shy and humble boy, but as the days went by we found ourselves a fantastic human being."
"We'll keep in touch. He was an attentive boy, ”he said.
For the former captain of Los Gladiadores, Toledo "had a huge future" because in his specialty "maturity comes at a more advanced age."
"It's a huge shock to get up in the morning and find out about this news," he said.
Kogovsek said that “beyond sports achievements and what he could achieve in the future, which depended 100 percent on him, he was a great person. We have lost an athlete of those who do not meet every day. A number one. ”
And he concluded: “He had an admirable physique, he realized as a boy that he had to go to that side, grow in the individual technique and went to the places where all this is generally taught to learn and grow. They are those losses that are not forgotten anymore. ”
Toledo was one of Argentina's great hopes for the next Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The ill-fated athlete won the silver medal in javelin throwing at the World Junior Championship in Barcelona in 2012, and participated in the Games London Olympics the same year, and also in Rio 2016.
In Rio de Janeiro he reached the final, an achievement that no Argentine had achieved in the javelin throwing since Ricardo Heber in Helsinki 1952. Toledo was based in Finland, where the best specialists of that athletic discipline are located.