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Hey, Cyclist Aziz Awang: Is That A 9-Inch Splinter Skewering Your Leg Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

Wait. That’s not how the saying is supposed to go. Do you know what else isn’t supposed to go? In your leg, I mean? A nine-inch splinter…through your calf. Unfortunately, that’s the situation Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang found himself in during the men’s Keirin final at the Track World Cup in England. While racing in the Manchester velodrome, Awang took a nasty spill and in the process, peeled up a chunk of Siberian pine from the track which ended up plunging through his lower left leg. Unbelievable.

Even more unbelievable? Awang got back up on his bike, completed the freaking race with the splinter embedded in his leg and finished third. That’s some stick-to-it-iveness.

After Awang wiped out, his coach, John Beasley, helped him back up onto his bike, not noticing he had a stabby piece of wood embedded in the cyclist’s calf (via The Daily Mail):

‘I feel really bad because I didn’t even see it,” added the head coach, who believes adrenaline took Awang across the line.

‘It wasn’t until later I knew he had the splinter.’

Yeah, in the heat and urgency of the moment, I can totally see how one might not notice A GINORMOUS PIECE OF WOOD STICKING OUT OF A GUY’S LEG! Yowsers. To make matters worse, after performing a scan of the injury, doctor’s elected to wait a day to surgically remove the splinter, meaning the poor guy had to spend an entire night with that damn thing jutting out of his leg. Not good.

Grislier, up-close photos of the gnarly injury follows. Obviously, not for the squeamish.

Yamma Hamma. That thing looks like Michael Strahan’s toothpick.

Mum, I think I’ve got a splinter! Cyclist’s leg skewered by shard of wood in crash… and he re-mounts and FINISHES race [The Daily Mail]