World record IRONMAN holder Tim Don was hit by a car while training before the 2017 IRONMAN World Championships this weekend. (Instagram/TimDon)

IRONMAN world record holder Tim Don has crashed out of the IRONMAN World Championship race happening this Saturday. The Briton was out training before the race and suffered a collision with a car which left him with a vertebrae fracture in his neck.

“Unfortunately I got hit by a car this morning and I have a fracture in my C2 vertebrae. The good news is I don’t need an operation. The bad news is I’m out for the best part of five or six weeks in a brace.” said Don in a video on Instagram.

Triathletes from all over the world were highly anticipating the podium favourite to give multiple IRONMAN title holders Jan Frodeno, Sebastian Kienle a tight race in Kona, Hawaii. Don was still cheerful and made a joke about getting a new ‘aero’ look to beat the race favourites.

Don is the current record holder for long distance Triathlon last recorded at IRONMAN Brazil earlier in May this year. He recorded a time of 7 hours, 40 minutes and 24 seconds for a 2.4-mile (3.9 km) swim, 112-mile (180 km) bicycle ride and a 26.22-mile (42 km) marathon run.

Source: Instagram/TimDon