HealthSportsLucy Buckingham Bounces Back Strong After Terrifying Crash at IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain

Lucy Buckingham Bounces Back Strong After Terrifying Crash at IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain

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Lucy Buckingham says she is doing okay after her bike collision late into the bike leg of IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain last week.

The British star, winner of two 70.3 races this season, led the swim and had extended her advantage on the bike when the incident occurred.

‘I struggled to run properly’

And writing on Instagram two days after the race, she said: “Thanks for the messages, I’m doing ok, scans on my elbow and hip came back ok.

“Recap: I was really pleased with my swim and bike, finally feeling myself.

“Unfortunately around 80km on the bike, a car came onto the course and we collided, taking me off my bike. All pretty scary at 45kmph, with adrenaline I managed to get up and continue, but I struggled to run properly.

“I’m working with Ironman to figure out how this happened.

“Well done to all fellow pros racing, stay safe.”

Lucy Buckingham at Finish of Ironman Belgium 2023 photo credit ActivImages for IRONMANLucy Buckingham winning IRONMAN 70.3 Knokke-Heist in September [Photo credit: ActivImages for IRONMAN]

Awaiting IRONMAN statement

Remarkably Buckingham still managed to clock the fastest bike split and then complete the race by running a half marathon, crossing the line in seventh place.

We have asked IRONMAN for a statement and will update this article when we receive it.

The race last year saw leader Holly Lawrence “led the wrong way by moto” according to her Bahrain Victorious Team, which resulted in her riding “an extra four miles”.

Lawrence had won the previous three editions of the event and she posted afterwards: “Sorry if you saw me angry out there – was very stressful and honestly scary riding amongst all the cars on the highway and trying to find a way to get back on the course!”

Written by

Jonathan Turner

Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports

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