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Triathlete who was knocked off bike by Phoenix Park stag qualifies for World Championships

Shane O’Reilly is nursing a badly bruised shoulder but he received some good news today.

THE TRIATHLETE WHO was knocked off his bike by a wild stag during the Dublin City Triathlon on Sunday morning has been selected to represent Ireland at next year’s World Championships.

Shane O’Reilly collided with the stag during the 40km cycle leg in the Phoenix Park before picking himself up and completing the race in a time of two hours and 25 minutes.

DSC_2905 Source: Erik Scraggs

DSC_2906 Source: Erik Scraggs

DSC_2907 Source: Erik Scraggs

However, the incident cost him crucial time and he fell just outside the automatic qualification criteria for the 2017 World Championships in Rotterdam.

But Triathlon Ireland have this afternoon announced that, after careful consideration, the 30-year-old has been selected by way of the selection pool system, which allows the governing body to accommodate athletes who have fallen just outside the standard due to reasons beyond their control.

The triathlete from Blackrock, Co Dublin, says he’s nursing a badly bruised shoulder from the crash and that his season is more than likely over.

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