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South Korean cyclist hit by driver on streets of Rio

Kim Ok-cheol, who competes in Saturday's Olympic Road Race, was not seriously injured when he was knocked down by the driver's wing mirror...

A cyclist competing in the 2016 Olympics was hit by a car during a training ride on the roads of Rio de Janeiro, police said on Tuesday.

Kim Ok-cheol, 21, competing for South Korea, was struck by the wing mirror of a car in the Tijuca national park in Rio, according to Reuters, and suffered scratches when he fell to the ground, but police say he did not go to hospital.

"It was a minor incident with light scratches. He did not want to be taken to hospital," a spokesman for the traffic police, Jose Helio Macedo, told Reuters.

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Macedo said police officers were passing by when the collision happened.

The local organizing committee, Rio 2016, said the collision was a minor event and Tuesday was not an official training day for cycling events.

Ok-cheol, who was a bronze medallist at this year’s Asian Championships in the team pursuit, will compete in the men’s road race on Saturday. Traffic police will escort riders during the road race events. 

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