Bike crash forces Canada’s Simon Whitfield out of Olympic triathlon

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imon Whitfield of Canada competes in the men’s triathlon final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park August 7, 2012
(Reuters)

LONDON — The Canadian Press

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TERRANCE GAVAN – EDITOR

Four years of sweat toil and implication.

Gone in the rub of a wheel.

For those Canadians who followed the novella that was Simon Whitfield, this news of the True North’s triathloner’s dream smudged, comes as a disappointment. Whitfield was our man for so long that the specter of that crash, a wheel rub with a French cyclist, will place a dense denouement on some pronounced hopes.

CP reports in terse commentary that Simon Whitfield is hurt, but not seriously. And that’s important.

[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][box] CP- The 37-year-old from Kingston, Ont., didn’t even have time to slide his bare feet into the shoes attatched to his bike pedals before crashing. Whitfield was an Olympic champion at the Sydney Games in 2000 and won silver in Beijing four years ago. He was Canada’s flag-bearer during the opening ceremony in London. This was expected to be his last Games.[/box]

None of us are as devastated as young Simon.

Which of us can measure four years of our worklife in the nudge of a wheel?

Simon Whitfield has Gold and Silver Olympic Medals to remember. T’were best he just puts this one behind him.

 

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