World’s fastest player dies at age 28 after crash
Posted On July 14, 2021
A world-record speedster has died after crashing his car on a busy New York highway, a day after he won the 100m world record.
It was the first time the record had been broken since 1980.
The 24-year-old, who was from Nigeria, was the world’s fastest man in the 400m and 100m individual events and had already won two gold medals at the World Championships.
He died on Saturday afternoon after he suffered a cardiac arrest and a broken arm, the New York City Fire Department said in a statement.
His death was the second of the day for a man competing in the event, and the second for a person of African descent.
In 2009, a woman was killed when a car ploughed into her in a parking lot on the same highway as Mr Mahid, who grew up in Lagos, Nigeria.
A memorial service will be held in his hometown of Gwoza, the Nigerian capital.
He was a member of the Nigerian National Sports Club, which is headed by Mr Mahad, and was a three-time champion in the 100 metres and 400m events.
“The tragic loss of our beloved Mahad has left a deep void in our city, as we know the city will be forever changed,” a statement from the city said.
“We ask for your prayers, support and thoughts during this difficult time.
We are overwhelmed by your thoughts and we thank everyone for their understanding during this time.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.