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Published: Sunday December 8, 2013 MYT 1:01:00 PM
Updated: Sunday December 8, 2013 MYT 8:09:00 PM

Josiah stable after bad crash in Mexico

Josiah in this photo grab from his Facebook page. He said: "Hola from my Mexican hospital! I'm a little woozy right now but I'm ok. Please don't make me laugh for awhile! Love Josiah."

Josiah in this photo grab from his Facebook page. He said: "Hola from my Mexican hospital! I'm a little woozy right now but I'm ok. Please don't make me laugh for awhile! Love Josiah."

PETALING JAYA: Cyclist Josiah Ng landed himself in hospital in Mexico after a crash in the second leg of the Track World Cup in Aguascalientes on Sunday.

The three-time Olympian suffered some broken ribs, a right collarbone fracture and a few broken teeth. He is now recuperating at the CMQ MAC hospital near Aguacalientes.

Competing in the first round second heat of the keirin event, Josiah was involved in a crash with Matthew Archibald of New Zealand and Italy’s Francesco Ceci. The Malaysian was sandwiched between heat winner Tobias Wachter of Germany and Archibald at the final turn. Then, Josiah and Archibald brushed each other and both hit the deck. An out-of-control Ceci came from behind and ran straight into Josiah.

Luckily for Malaysia, Azizulhasni Awang escaped the pile-up. He finished third in the heat and went on to finish sixth in the final.

Josiah was in jovial mood despite the pain.

“I’m feeling pretty good right now…a few broken ribs and a collarbone,” said Josiah in a video message.

It was the second time that Josiah was involved in a crash. He fractured his right collarbone during the World Championships in Spain in 2007.

Yesterday’s keirin was Josiah’s last event. Earlier in the sprint event on Saturday, he failed to clear the qualification rounds despite posting a new personal best time of 9.963.

As for Azizulhasni, he could have finished fourth in the keirin if not for an infringement during the race. He was penalised and relegated to sixth by race commissaires. The race was won by Matthew Crompton of Britain.

Fatehah Mustapa, meanwhile, concluded the leg with a 10th place finish in the women’s sprint. She lost to reigning Olympic champion Anna Meares of Australia in the first round.

The third leg will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Jan 17-19.

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