13 Jul 2011

Triathlete in a training accident

6:12 pm on 13 July 2011

The New Zealand elite triathlete Tony Dodds is recovering after being involved in a serious accident while training in Germany.

Dodds, who was preparing for this weekend's leg of the ITU World Championship Series in Hamburg, crashed through the back windscreen of a car while out training on his bike.

Dodds escaped life-threatening injuries, but lost a lot of blood and ended up with 12 stiches around his elbow.

Barring a miracle, the injury will rule Dodds out of Hamburg this weekend which is the final hit-out before New Zealand's first Olympic selection race in London on August 6th.

Dodds is the second casualty within a week for the New Zealand High Performance team, with James Elvery recently breaking his hand after slipping and falling hard on a training run.