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Drysdale suffers cycling accident in South Korea

Published: 9:38AM Wednesday August 21, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale's world championship bid is in doubt after he suffered yet another cycling accident in South Korea.

ONE News understands the 34-year-old was just 2 km from his hotel when he collided with the side of a truck after it turned in front of him on Monday evening.

The extent of his injuries remain unclear but he is understood to have abrasions on his skin and now could be in doubt for the World Championship single scull heats, which begin in Chungju South Korea on Sunday.

The five-time world single sculling champion has opted for bike training to ease the pressure on his back, but the latest incident comes after he suffered a similar cycling accident last year when he was hit by a car ahead of a World Cup event in Munich.

Drysdale, who was dogged by illness at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he picked up a disappointing bronze medal before winning gold in London, was added to New Zealand's rowing team for the World Championships after completing a time trial following almost a year out of the sport.

Drysdale took a break from rowing after he won gold at Eton Dorney in 2012, and only returned to the single scull last month and was then beaten in Holland and at the Henley Regatta in England.

Drysdale has won five world titles and said in June that he needed to improve by at least another 12 seconds in his race time to be in a position to challenge for the medals in Chungju.