A young athlete was injured when he was knocked off his bike in a suspected hit and run.
Daniel Anstis of Masterton was left with a compound fracture of his left leg - but his injuries may have been a lot worse had he not been wearing a safety helmet.
The 21-year-old won a bronze medal in the AWD (athletes with disability) boys 400m at the national secondary schools track and field championships held in Dunedin.
He was riding in a cycle lane in Masterton when he was knocked off his bicycle on Sunday night.
Anstis smashed his leg but his safety helmet, which was dented beyond repair, probably saved him from serious head injuries.
Senior Sergeant Warwick Burr said Anstis was heading south when a car, also travelling south, hit him.
It was possible the driver was unaware his vehicle had spilled the cyclist on to the road because it was dark and the bicycle had no rear light.
Anstis was admitted to Wairarapa Hospital and yesterday underwent surgery on his leg which included a pin being inserted.
Less than two weeks ago Anstis was in the sporting spotlight when he won his AWD events over 200m and 400m at the Wellington track and field championships.
He went on to show his versatility by also winning the AWD long jump.
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