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Cyclist Azizulhasni Awang Crosses The Finish Line With 8-Inch Splinter Through His Leg (Pics)

by: JamieD On  Monday, February 21, 2011

Racing down the final bend during the men’s Keirin final at the Track Cycling World Cup, Azizulhasni Awang couldn’t avoid a crash that would send him and three other riders stumbling off their bikes and onto the wooden floor.  He would eventually muster up enough strength to get back on his bike and finish the race in third place behind Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Niblett, who were both able to avoid the carnage, but he would take a little something extra with him across the finish line…

An 8-inch piece of Siberian pine from the track, which had splintered in through his calf and out his shin.

Shortly after remounting his bike and crossing the line, Awang collapsed to the ground in pain before being stretchered off the track and taken to a hospital.  Malaysian team officials have said that he is currently awaiting word from specialists, who are trying to figure out the best way to remove the piece of wood.  Once they have done so, Awang will undergo surgery and is expected to fully recover in approximately one week.

I guess bike racing and bull fighting do share at least one thing in common.  The picture below and this link should help explain what that similarity is.



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