British triathlete Tim Don has been ruled out of the 2017 Ironman World Championship after he suffered a neck fracture following a collision with a car while riding his bike in Hawaii.
The 39-year-old posted a video on his official Instragram account and sent his fans some words of encouragement after the crash on the Queen K highway. He said:
“Unfortunately I got hit by a car this morning and I have a fracture in my C2 vertebrae. The good news is I don’t need an operation. The bad news is I’m out for the best part of five or six weeks in a brace.”
Don was fourth favourite out of more than 30 competitors prior to his accident being announced on Thursday, and Bwin had the British athlete pegged at a valuable 16/1 (17.00) to take top spot in the men’s race.
The 2017 Ironman World Championship is set to kick off this weekend, and Don, who won the ITU world triathlon title in 2006, was considered among the top contenders.
Germans Jan Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle remain the figures to beat at odds of 4/5 (1.80) and 2/1 (3.00), respectively.
Image courtesy of 220triathlon.com.
2017 Ironman World Championship Odds
Jan Frodeno: 4/5 (1.80)
Sebastian Kienle: 2/1 (3.00)
Lionel Sanders: 7/2 (4.50)
Patrick Lange: 18/1 (19.00)
Andi Boecherer: 20/1 (21.00)
Patrik Nilsson: 33/1 (34.00)
Ben Hoffman: 33/1 (34.00)
Timothy O’Donnell: 40/1 (41.00)
Brent McMahon: 40/1 (41.00)
Bart Aernouts: 40/1 (41.00)