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Emma Moffatt Suffers Shoulder Injury After Bike Accident

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Reigning Dextro Energy ITU World Championship Series champion Emma Moffatt of Australia has announced that she will sit out the Mooloolaba World Cup on March 27 due to a broken shoulder. The break occurred when Moffatt crashed her bike while descending a wet hill in the Gold Coast Hinterland of Australia two weeks ago.

Emma Moffatt is the reigning ITU World Champion. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org
Emma Moffatt is the reigning ITU World Champion. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

“I didn’t think anything was broken at the time, but a week later things weren’t improving so I had an MRI and that showed a couple of breaks in the humerus head,” Moffatt said.

The prognosis for the 25-year old is that her shoulder will heal completely without surgery, although she will be forced to take approximately six weeks off of swimming.

“At this stage I have ruled out Mooloolaba and then I’ll reassess what races I’ll do when I get an update on how it’s healing,” Moffatt added. “I’d still love to race the [World Championship Series] opener in Sydney but I will just have to wait and see how my shoulder progresses and see where my fitness is at.”

The seven-race Dextro Energy ITU World Championship Series kicks off in Sydney, Australia on April 11, finishing with the Grand Finale in Budapest, Hungary on September 11. Moffatt won four Championship Series races last year to take home the inaugural title ahead of Lisa Norden of Sweden and Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand.

Press release provided by Triathlon.org.