Vietnam's Truong Thanh Hang, Southeast Asia's premier middle-distance woman runner, was hit by a motorcycle while training in a Da Nang street last Thursday morning and is likely to be out of the sport for six months.
According to doctors at Da Nang Hospital, she was hospitalized with injuries on her face, arms, legs and waist. But the worst news was that her right shinbone was broken.
A CT scan showed no injury to the brain.
The doctors operated on her to put a metal rod to hold the broken tibia in place.
Hang would only be able to walk normally after three months and train after six, they said.
Her coach Ho Thi Tu Tam said the 26-year-old would be unable to run in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar in December 2013.
Hang has been multiple Asian Games and SEA Games 800m and 1,500m champion, and has for long remained virtually unbeaten in the latter.