Young bodybuilder Sifiso Lungelo Thabete died after breaking his neck

A South African bodybuilding champion has died from horrific injuries after an attempted backflip during a competition went badly wrong.

Sifiso Lungelo Thabete broke his neck after landing on his head.

Worried officials raced toward the former junior world champion when he remained motionless on the mat on Saturday.

Young bodybuilder Sifiso Lungelo Thabete died after breaking his neck while trying to do a backflip

Young bodybuilder Sifiso Lungelo Thabete died after breaking his neck while trying to do a backflip

South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution wrote of the champion: ‘The bodybuilding community was shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of Sifiso Lungelo Thabete, a bodybuilder from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, at the weekend.’

It reports that he was tipped for a bright future, having been a former IFBB Junior World Champion in the up to 75kg category.

He had ‘impressed the crowd and the judges with unbelievable muscle size and maturity beyond his age’ in his most recent competition, it reported.

The young bodybuilder had been tipped for a big future and his death has sent shockwaves through the sport

He was a former IFBB Junior World Champion in the up to 75kg category

The young bodybuilder had been tipped for a big future and his death has sent shockwaves through the sport

Worried officials rushed to help after he remained motionless on the mat on Saturday

Worried officials rushed to help after he remained motionless on the mat on Saturday

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