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Australian MTB world's rider hospitalised

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Cycling News
Published:
August 23, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:25 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for August 23, 2006

Queensland cyclist Renee Junga, 20, has been airlifted to Auckland City Hospital suffering suspected...

Queensland cyclist Renee Junga, 20, has been airlifted to Auckland City Hospital suffering suspected spinal injuries after a training accident ahead of competition at the MTB World Championships in Rotorua, New Zealand, according to Cycling Australia.

Junga, who is also a member of the BMX High Performance Program targeting the Beijing Olympic Games, crashed during training on the four-cross course on Tuesday afternoon.

The Championships' medical team was quickly on the scene and she was initially taken to Rotorua Hospital. After extensive tests, including an MRI, CT scan and x-rays, doctors decided to transfer her by helicopter to Auckland City Hospital.

Her mother, Sallie Howie, was notified immediately after the accident and was on the first available flight to Auckland. She arrived shortly before midnight local time.

The full extent of Junga's injuries is not yet known. Doctors have confirmed however that she has suffered spinal trauma.

Renee, who won the silver medal at last year's BMX World Championships in France, was the 2005 Australian Female BMX Cyclist of the Year.

No further details will be released without permission from her family, Cycling Australia said.

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