A TRIATHLETE died while competing in an Oxfordshire race after he went over the top of his handlebars.

John Griffin, 62, of Kensington Avenue, London, was taking part in a triathlon in Henley on September 20 last year.

An inquest at Oxford Coroner’s Court on April 9 heard that at about 9.30am, he was riding in the bike section of the competition when he was seen by a rider behind him going over the top of his handlebars and landing in the road.

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The business analyst was transported to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington but he never regained consciousness and died on October 6 at 9pm.

His medical cause of death was hypoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest, and traumatic cervical spine injury.

Assistant coroner Joanna Coleman ruled his death as an accident.