Australian BMX star partially paralyzed after accident


SYDNEY: Australian former BMX world champion and two-time Olympian Sam Willoughby has been left partially paralyzed after a training accident in the United States, with no movement from the chest down. The 25-year-old, who won silver at the 2012 London Olympics but could only manage sixth in Rio this year, underwent surgery for fractures to his vertebrae which compressed his spinal cord after a crash near San Diego on September 10, his family said. Willoughby started competing aged six in Adelaide, and burst onto the scene by claiming the junior world championship in 2008.


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