Sebastian Kienle run over in competition

Last weekend, the former IRONMAN world champion Sebastian Kienle suffered a serious accident during his debut in a gravel race in Aachen, Germany.

The incident occurred within the framework ofl 3RIDES Gravel Race, when Kienle, who was traveling at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour, collided with a car that unexpectedly crossed the route reserved for the competition.

The impact was violent, resulting in several fractures in Kienle's right hand, who was rushed to the RWTH Aachen university hospital.

Despite the severity of the accident, Kienle expressed his gratitude from his hospital bed, thanking both the first responders and the medical staff at the Arcus clinics and Dr. Astrid Stienen.

"My first gravel race ended in the hospital emergency room… Considering I collided with a car at about 45 km/h, I'm very grateful that I only broke a couple of bones in my right hand”Kienle commented on his Instagram account.

 

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Kienle's accident has not left the sports community indifferent. Triathlon figures like Jan Frodeno, Frederic Funk, Svenja Thoes, Kyle Smith, Ben Hoffman, Ben Kanute y Jan Stratman have shown their support for the German triathlete.

Sebastian Kienle, who officially retired from professional triathlon less than a year ago, continues to participate in various sporting disciplines.

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