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Liz King, of Woodchurch, near Tenterden and Ashford, competes in England Middle Distance Triathlon National Championships with fish hook in her face

By Express reporter

An athlete escaped serious injury after being struck in the face by a stray fish hook while competing in a triathlon.

Liz King was 'hooked' while competing in the England Middle Distance Triathlon National Championships at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire on Sunday.

The event consisted of a 1.9k open water swim, a 90k bike ride, finishing with a half marathon.

Liz King finishes the triathlon with the fish hook in her face

Liz King was racing strongly in the final discipline when the incident happened.

Liz, who lives in Woodchurch and runs for Tri Spirit in Ashford, said: “It was a freak accident and I have never experienced anything like it in 25 years competing in triathlons.

“We were running past a dam where they were fishing. There were so many runners and I don’t think he was looking when casting and the hook caught me.

The fish hook embedded in Liz King's face

“It wasn’t possible to get it out, so I asked him to cut the line and finished the last four miles with it still embedded in my face.

"The medics removed it using bolt cutters, it was a bit of a shock but I have suffered no ill effects and was back out training on Tuesday night.”

Liz finished seventh in her age-group in 6:12.59.

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