A former England volleyball player was on life support Monday after she was struck by a US triathlete during the cycling leg of the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, where she was volunteering at a water station.
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Carly Williams, 29, was working on the cycling leg when Andrew Starykowicz, also 29, collided with her Saturday, The National reported.
Race organizers gave few details of the incident, but the Daily Mail reported it happened as Starykowicz attempted to grab some water, adding that he suffered a dislocated shoulder from the crash and was eventually forced from the race.
Williams, a PE teacher, had not regained consciousness since being admitted to a hospital in Abu Dhabi, according to the Mail.
Her parents Alan and Carole have traveled from Bristol to be by her side. She is in critical but stable condition.
Williams captained the junior England volleyball team before becoming the second youngest player to represent her country when she played against Norway in 1999.
Starykowicz, a mechanical-engineering graduate from Illinois, finished second in last year’s Ironman South Africa and eighth in the Ironman Hawaii.