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Tim Don out of Kona

GB favourite is hit by car in training

Credit: Wagner Araujo

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.

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