Tim Don crossing the line at IM Florianopolis
Credit: Wagner Araujo

Tim Don out of Kona

GB favourite is hit by car in training

Favourite for a top-10 finish, GB’s Tim Don has been forced to retire from this year’s World Ironman Championships just three days before race day.

Filmed from his hospital bed in Kona, the world’s fastest Ironman (7:40:23 at this year’s Ironman Florianopolis, Brazil) informed his fans via social media that he had a fracture of his C2 vertebrae at the top of his spine, after being hit by a car in training. 


Important update from Tim 🇬🇧👊 #trainhardraceeasy #imkona2017 #ironmanworldchamps #ironman #ironmantri #triathlon

A post shared by Tim (@tri_thedon) on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:00pm PDT

With visible scars to his face and wearing a neck brace, the former 220 columnist joked with fans that he was just “getting the finishing touches to my new aero look. I’ve heard that’s the way to beat Jan [Frodeno], Sebby [Kienle] and Patrick [Lange].” 

Don also reassured fans that he wouldn’t have to have surgery and that he was looking forward to the helicopter flight to Honolulu to receive further treatment! In true sportsman style, he signed off by wishing everyone the best of luck. 

We wish Tim a speedy recovery, and hope to see him racing again very soon. 


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