11.04.2011

Athlete in triathlon win despite contact lens mishap

Athlete in triathlon win despite contact lens mishap

By Alexa Kaczka

A Canadian athlete claimed first place in an important event at the weekend, despite having lost one of her contact lenses on the track.

Paula Findlay needed just the one lens to clinch a win in the opening women's race of the International Triathlon Union's championship series on Sunday.

Ms Findlay outpaced Chile's 2010 Sydney winner Barbara Riveros Diaz, to cross the finish line in an impressive two hours, one minute and 21 seconds. In third place was New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt.

"This is amazing. It was unexpected again, but really exciting and so cool. My contact lens fell out … so I raced half the day blinded," she joked with reporters after the race.

Last week, Francis D'Ambrosio Jr, medical director at D'Ambrosio Eye Care, said that athletes need to choose and wear proper protective eyewear because injuries affecting the sight can be "devastating".

He explained how cornea abrasions, along with things like retinal detachments, were among the most common eye injuries sports men and women were likely to suffer.

by Alexa Kaczka


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