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Monday, January 30, 2012

Car hits four national cyclists in selection race


Mariana Mohamad, 34
Top national women cyclist Mariana Mohamad, 34, being transferred from Putrajaya Hospital to Damansara Specialist Centre, Petaling Jaya, yesterday. Pix by Fariz Iswadi Ismail

FOUR national cyclists taking part in a selection race for the Asian Cycling Championships next week were involved in an accident here yesterday.
Top national women cyclist Mariana Mohamad, 34,   suffered  fractures to her jaw, shoulder and hand, while junior Mohd Azri Ahmad, 17, broke several fingers.
National junior cyclists Mohd Aziz Zahit (left) and Mohd Azri Ahmad, both 17
National junior cyclists Mohd Aziz Zahit (left) and Mohd Azri Ahmad, both 17, after receiving treatment at Putrajaya Hospital yesterday.
Mariana's  teammate, Masziyaton Mohd Radzi, 24,  and men's junior squad rider, Mohd Aziz Zahit, 17, were bruised in the incident.
National junior coach So'ud Hussain, who was in a convoy following the race, said a car had swerved into the path of the cyclists, who were cycling at speeds of up to 55kph.
"We did have police escorts to control traffic,  but the   driver  just ignored the signals and came right into the path of the cyclists.
"The riders in this group were chasing a breakaway group of riders,   so their speeds were high. Some avoided the car, but four of them  ran right into it, with Mariana coming off the worst.
"Mariana's bicycle broke into two, while the front wheel and fork on  Azri's bicycle were broken.
All four were treated at  Putrajaya Hospital.   Mariana was transferred to  Damansara Specialist Centre, Petaling Jaya, where she will  undergo surgery.
So'ud said the   teams would have to look for   replacements for Mariana and Azri.
However, he said, Masziyaton could recover in time for the Asian Championships. - NST

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