Canadian diver Geyson stable after being hit by car in China
Suffers severe gash on left knee and concussion
Canadian diver Kevin Geyson is in stable condition in a Chinese hospital after being hit by a car in Shanghai on Saturday.
The Winnipeg native, 27, was crossing the street outside the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center where the world aquatics championships are being held when the incident occurred, reports Scott Russell, of CBC Sports.
Geyson, who was apparently unconscious for a few hours, regained consciousness at the Hua Shan Hospital, where he is being treated for a severe gash on his leg, and concussion.
He is expected to spend a week in the facility, considered one of the top trauma centres in the country, where he is being treated by Chinese and Canadian doctors.
Mitch Geller, chief technical officer of Diving Canada, told Russell the injured diver has spoken with his parents and arrangements were being made to fly Geyson’s mother over.
Later on Sunday, a spokesperson for Diving Canada said the incident was a frightening one.
"But the news is good," said Samuel Larochella. "He is awake, he is alert and doesn’t have any big injuries."
The diver was apparently already on a bus when he asked the driver to let him back off so he could go back. It was while attempting to cross the street he was hit.
"The local doctors and the Canadian doctors were there when he got to the hospital," said Larochella. "There will be someone from the Canadian team with him all of that time [until he is released]."
Geyson, who studies physical therapy at the University of Manitoba, finished eighth last week with partner Eric Sehn, of Edmonton, in the men’s 10 metre synchro event. If they can repeat that finish next February at the FINA World Cup they will qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.
The pair began competing together last year, just before the Commonwealth Games, where they placed third in synchro.
''We are progressing really fast,'' said Geyson, after the 10-metre event at Shanghai.
''It's an amazing result today considering we've been together for less than a year and other teams have been together for many years. This was my first worlds and I was really happy we kept it together and picked it up in the final.''
With files from Canadian Press