Stefan Henze: Germany canoe slalom coach critical after car crash

Stefan Henze
Stefan Henze in competition at the World Championships in Sydney in 2005

Germany canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze remains in a critical condition after a car crash near the Rio Olympic Park.

The 35-year-old 2004 Olympic silver medallist suffered head injuries when a taxi he was in with a team-mate crashed head on into a concrete barrier.

"He has very, very serious injuries and his condition is life-threatening," team doctor Bernd Wolfahrt said.

Another canoe team official, Christian Kaeding, had minor injuries and was treated in hospital, but then released.

Henze was first treated at a nearby hospital but had to be transferred to another clinic that has a special neurosurgery department.

Security and traffic have been a main concern for teams at the Games and several official Olympic buses have been involved in road accidents.

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