(Reuters) – British Olympic triathlete Stuart Hayes has shattered his pelvis after crashing into a deer on his bike in London’s Richmond Park.
Hayes, 40, who helped Alistair Brownlee win gold at the 2012 London Olympics, was cycling down a hill when a deer rushed across the road in front of him.
“As I hit the bend a deer ran straight out across the road into me. I hit it on the head — it sent me flying and I landed on my hip. Originally I thought I was fine but when I tried to stand up my leg just buckled,” Hayes told the Evening Standard.
At the 2012 Games, Hayes was selected to represent Team GB as a ‘domestique’ to Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, helping the brothers to gold and bronze medals respectively.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)