Chrissie Wellington (right) poses with second place winner Mirinda
Carfrae (center) and third place winner Virginia Berasategui (left)
at the finish line of the Ironman World Championships.
AP Photo/Chris Stewart
Chrissie Wellington broke several bones in her fingers, hand, and wrist in a bike accident on Saturday. Wellington underwent surgery on Monday to have wires inserted in her wrist. After spending Tuesday in the hospital, Wellington is home today. "It has been a rough a few days," Wellington said on her website.
Wellington told fans that the surgery went well and that she will be in a cast for six weeks. Although she will not be able to train as usual, Wellington plans to fulfill her commitments at the British Triathlon, Cycling and Running Exhibition in mid-February.
Wellington had not announced any winter racing commitments this season, so the accident is only a minor setback to the undefeated Ironwoman. She should be out of her cast and training normally again by mid-February, giving her plenty of time to get in shape for the 2010 triathlon season. The injury is unlikely to interfere with her plans to defend her World Ironman title in Kona next October, or her hopes to qualify for the British cycling squad in the 2012 London Olympics.