Australia lost a premier gold medalist Paralympic athlete to a traffic accident on Wednesday.

“Paralympics Australia is deeply mourning the loss of legendary eight-time Paralympian Kieran Modra,” the Australian Paralympic Committee said on its website.

It added that the five-time Paralympic gold medalist was killed when his bike collided with a car in Adelaide, in South Australia.

Modra, 47, a swimmer and cyclist, won five gold and five bronze medals in eight Paralympic Games.

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