Danish triathlon star in miracle turnaround

From coma to world champion in one year

Danish triathlon athlete Camilla Pedersen completed an amazing turnaround yesterday by winning the Weihai 2014 Long Distance Triathlon World Championships a year after being in a coma following a bicycle accident.

Pedersen completed the 4km swim, 120km cycle and 20km run in a time of 5 hours, 43 minutes and 31 seconds – over four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor, Kaisa Lehtonen of Finland.

“Wow, what a day, what a year,” Pedersen, 31, wrote on her Facebook page. “Today another dream came true – another goal accomplished!”

“Tomorrow will be exactly one year ago since I opened my eyes for the first time after 19 days in coma. It got celebrated today!”

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Serious head injury
Pedersen was in an artificially-induced coma for nearly three weeks in September last year after a serious bicycle accident left her with a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain.

Prior to the bicycle accident, which occurred when she swerved to avoid a group of children while training, Pedersen was in the midst of a standout season, having won the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt.