Danish triathlon European champion Camilla Pedersen in coma after bike crash

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Triathlete Camilla Pedersen is admitted to the intensive care unit at Odense University Hospital. The Danish European champion has sustained a fractured skull and critical bleeding around the brain as a result of a crash while bike training on Tuesday night.

“Latest development is that Camilla will be kept in artificial coma until the weekend to give the brain maximum rest and chance to recover. We can not expect decisive news until then,” the Danish Triathlon Federation writes on its website.

30-year-old Camilla Pedersen was European champion in triathlon in May, and in July she won also the European Championship Ironman in Frankfurt. Here she completed 3.8 km biking, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km run in 8 hours and 56 minutes.

This qualified her for the prestigious Hawaii Ironman on October 12th.

UPDATE! Jyllands-Posten has more here:

“She was out training with a number of other athletes around Esbjerg when some kids came out on the road. They all reacted as it happens almost daily when you have to dodge a pedestrian or a cyclist. It was an accident, and there were no cars involved, but she has hurt herself seriously,” says national coach Michael Krüger.

Is it life threatening?

There hasn’t been talk about it being life threatening. But it probably is, when you are in danger of losing your mobility,” says Michael Krüger .

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