South Africa’s wrestling fraternity is still reeling from the sudden and tragic death of one of their brightest star Kleinjan Crombrinck.
WRESTLING: SASCOC mourns loss of top South African wrestler Kleinjan Combrinck in a motor accident on Sunday. https://t.co/JsOrovdPFp
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Combrinck, who was a member of Team South Africa at the recent Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, died in a car accident in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Combrinck was the reigning African champion in the men’s freestyle wrestling 57 kilogram division, and he came agonisingly close to a medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games.
Combrinck, and fellow Commonwealth Games wrestler, Michael Gaitskill were involved in an accident between Springs and Nigel on Gauteng’s East Rand.
Twenty three-year-old Crombrinck was killed while Gaitskill is still in critical condition in the intensive care unit at a Springs hospital.
Based in Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, Combrinck was a regular visitor to the East Rand for training purposes as the duo were preparing for the U23 World Championships later this year.