LIMA, Ohio -- Authorities in Texas say an 86-year-old Ohio man competing at the National Senior Games died during a bike race after crashing a mile from the finish line.
Police in Fulshear say the crash came during a 10-kilometer time trial. Paramedics took Elton Hammond Jr. of Lima, Ohio, to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Tuesday.
Friends in Ohio say Hammond died doing what he loved. He already had won a gold medal and two silver medals during the games.
His son says Hammond began cycling more than 40 years ago but didn’t start racing until he was in his 70s.
He had traveled on his bike through Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
The National Senior Game events are taking place at 10 Houston-area venues and the cycling event was held in Fulshear.
More than 15,000 athletes age 50 and older are competing in 18 medal competitions and two demonstrations during the 2011 National Senior Games. The event kicked off on June 16 and continues through June 30.