A 13-year old swimmer has been struck by a car and hospitalized on the eve of Brazil’s 13-14 National Championship meet.
According to Brazil’s Globoesporte, Pedro Nicolas Silva was crossing the street on his way to a training pool ahead of the meet, when he was hit by a Ford Fiesta. His coach claims that Silva, along with a group of teammates and coaches, waited for the signal to cross, but the car failed to obey the law.
The driver, apparently, says just the opposite.
While Silva’s injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, he broke both legs, an arm, and his jaw. Silva was a favorite to win the 100 fly, as he was the top seed in the 100 fly in the 13-year olds age group.
The Championship meet, known as the “Campeonato Brasileiro Infantil de Natação” or the “Infant Swimming Championships,” are being held in Vitoria. Silva hails from the Amazonas region in Brazil, which is not known for its swimming talent, but he was one of their brightest hopes for the future.