Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 3/15/14
A female cyclist suffered a serious accident while participating in a cycling competition at the Odesur Games in Santiago, Chile.Chilean Irene Aravena struck a portable starting gate that was installed on a section of the track during a false start. Aravena, blinded by her teammate Estefania Nunez's lead, was unaware of the false start and collided with the metal gate that was hidden by a flag-waving official. She flipped violently over the gate before coming slamming into the ground.She was immediately taken to hospital where she underwent surgery on fractures to her knee cap and leg.The Chilean team were forced to retire from the race, with the Brazilian team finishing as the bronze medallists at the event.The velodrome is the crown jewel in investment for the South American Games, too bad it came down to human error for the team to lose.
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