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Aussie pro triathlete Rebekah Keat ready to race again after a lucky escape in a head-on collision with a car.
Rebekah Keat will return to Ironman competition on Sunday five weeks after a brush with death almost put an end to her career.
The Australian collided head on with a car while riding her bike in the lead up to the Port Macquarie Ironman, but amazingly escaped with only concussion and minor shoulder injuries.
She was ruled out of the event but has recovered well enough to be considered among the favorites to clinch the inaugural Challenge Cairns on Sunday.
The 33-year-old admitted she was extremely lucky to escape serious injury, but held no fear aside from the normal pre-race nerves with the race now three days away.
“I hit so hard and basically head on with the car. I was dragged up onto the windscreen; it could have been a lot worse,” she said.
“I’ll be a little nervous before the gun goes off … but I’m ready to rumble now and I’d like to think I’m a chance of winning it.”
She scoffed at the idea of it being a two-horse race between her and Australian Ironman Hall of Fame inductee Belinda Granger though.
Keat said younger rivals Amelia Pearson and Carrie Lester would both pose huge threats, while Christie Sym, Nicole Ward and Lisa Ribes have all been touted as contenders.
“It’s going to be very close, I’m sure of that,” Keat said.
Read more: Cairns.com.au