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Sprinter Ato Boldon Hurt in Accident

July 26, 2002

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ Four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon sustained cuts and bruises on his hands and legs in a head-on car accident in Trinidad and Tobago, police said.

The 28-year-old sprinter collided with a taxi on an expressway near Barataria, about 2.5 miles west Port-of-Spain, police said.

Boldon, who was alone, was driving to his home in Westmoorings, about 5 miles west of the accident scene.

The taxi allegedly swerved into Boldon’s lane and hit his car head-on, police said.

Boldon’s car sustained heavy damage to the front end, but he walked away from the accident. It was unclear if Boldon or the taxi driver were wearing seat belts.

The taxi driver remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday after sustaining severe head injuries, authorities said.

Two weeks ago, Boldon said he would cut short his injury-plagued season and not defend his 100-meter title at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.

Boldon cited lack of fitness after a series of poor results.

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