Participant to race again despite accident
THE lure of the Ironman 70.3 is such that Dr. Lynette Gerra said that she will still be competing next year despite meeting an accident in last Sunday’s Regent Aguila Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships. She just has to convince her family, she said.
The 43-year-old pediatrician of the Perpetual Succour Hospital recounted that while she was biking, an unidentified participant suddenly changed lanes from right to left and swerved in front of her causing her to get thrown off her bike, hit the road head first, and got ran over by another participant.
She was rushed right away to the Chong Hua Medical Center where she got confined but was discharged already yesterday. Her CT scans had negative results of any fractures and she only suffered a swollen right cheek and was advised to return for further medical evaluation next week.
She said she hopes that Sunrise will trace the person who caused the accident and penalize or ban him.
She added that Sunrise should improve their assistance to participants who gets involved in an accident.“I was kind of disappointed in them, but I am still thankful because Dr. Peter Mancao visited me, and they shoulder the Emergency Room expenses, but I just want to suggest improving their assistance to participants like me in the next races to come,” she said.
She said though that she will not be filing a formal complaint to SEI.
Sunrise Events Inc. general manager Princess Galura said that they already viewed the video of the incident circulating on Facebook and will investigate it.
She added that Dr. Mancao visited Gerra on behalf of Sunrise Events.
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