Hong Kong cycling mourned the sudden death of coach Pu Linjun who died suddenly during a team training camp in Guangzhou on Wednesday.
Better known as “the man behind Sarah Lee”, Pu, who came to Hong Kong in 2011 to help with the team’s preparation for the London Games the following year, was regularly seen at the standing start with Lee for sprinting events, including at the Rio Olympic Games this summer.
He was a former member of the China national team before becoming a coach of the Yunnan provincial team.
Pu, 48, was with the team at their training base in Guangzhou as Hong Kong prepares for the start of the new track World Cup season in Glasgow next week.
He was taken to a nearby hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest before a practise session. The hospital performed an electrocardiogram test (ECG) before he fell unconscious and died later.
“We felt so sorry when we heard this news (about Pu),” said Hong Kong Cycling Association chairman Leung Hung-tak.
“I was sitting with him last week during the cheque presentation of the incentive awards to the Rio Olympics. Everything seemed to be normal when we chatted. We believe there were some hidden problems of his heart.
“He has been doing a lot for Hong Kong since his arrival, especially in track cycling. We lost a good coach and a good friend.”
Top rider Leung Chun-wing paid tribute on Facebook, saying it all happened so suddenly.
“Please be assured I will continue to work hard and believe in myself. Rest in Peace”.