Cyclist has wood removed from leg after crash

AP February 21, 2011, 4:39 pm
Cyclist has wood removed from leg after crash

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MANCHESTER, England (AP)—Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang staggered across the line at the Track World Cup with a bronze medal and a 7.8-inch piece of wood sticking through his left calf.

Awang had surgery Sunday to remove the massive splinter, a day after a crash at the Manchester Velodrome sent it through his leg.

Awang managed to remount his bike after the high-speed crash in Saturday’s Keirin final and stagger across the line to claim a bronze medal.

He was rushed to the hospital but doctors waited until Sunday to carry out the procedure to remove the splinter.

“Operation done. Splinter taken out cleanly,” Awang wrote on his Twitter account. “Thanks for the prayer n support.”

Awang, who is renowned for his trademark wheelie as he crosses the line, has been ruled out of the world championships next month.

“He was in a lot of pain but he’s a really tough kid, all these Keirin riders are,” Malaysia coach John Beasley was quoted as saying on the Daily Telegraph website. “It was decided to leave it overnight to get a specialist surgical team in and scan the injury from all angles to aid the operation.

“The good news is that there doesn’t appear to be much nerve damage, which is your first worry.”

The focus now for the 23-year-old Awang is getting back in shape in time for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang was recovering on Sunday after surgery to remove a splinter from his leg: AAP Images

“We will take it easy now and travel back to Melbourne, where we are based, next week and take our time with the recovery,” Beasley said. “Another thing to avoid with these injuries is infection after surgery. His season is obviously over so there is no rush—our priority now is to get him right for the Olympics.

“I’ve been involved in cycling a long time and you hear tales of these injuries, riders being speared through the ribs, but that is by far the worst I have seen, although initially I wasn’t aware of it.”

British rider Jason Queally, the Sydney Olympic champion in 2000, now rides only against the clock—rather than elbow-to-elbow races—after crashing at an Edinburgh track in 1996 and being pierced by an 18-inch piece of wood.

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  1. troy12:10am Wednesday 23rd February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Man you gotta have some guts to ride through the pain and get up and keep going.

  2. bad10:33am Tuesday 22nd February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    You are our hero. We are so proud of you. Hope for your fast recovery. Our pray will always be for you.

  3. Peter06:32am Tuesday 22nd February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Should have splinters like that for cyclists on our roads.

  4. max headroom05:01am Tuesday 22nd February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    good riding with a wooden leg :)

  5. Rigger03:53am Tuesday 22nd February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    This guy has heart! Well done mate!

  6. limpy01:47am Tuesday 22nd February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    um-where the hell did a piece of wood come from?-their bikes are all carbon fibre jobbies aint they??-and theres no details of the actual accident-did he crash alone?-into someone?-journalists just get weaker and weaker-they might as well write for womans day

  7. Christian Uson01:40am Tuesday 22nd February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    i think cyclists should start wearin metal shinguards now.. but seriously, what an amazing guy. Perseverance in its true form.. hats off to him. well done.

  8. Graham S01:02am Tuesday 22nd February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    We all wish this brave rider a full and speedy recovery.

  9. FERRARI12:37am Tuesday 22nd February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Bob 'Freckle Puncher' Brown and his Greenie mates will be bringing legal action against this 'heroic' rider for causing harm to: 'timber, trees, wooden growths, saplings, shoots, bark, and other arborial protruberances." Brown will not be making any reference to 'ring-gear' or 'roots'.

  10. Tristan10:35pm Monday 21st February 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    ouch! cant help but feel sorry for the guy!!




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