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BMX star Willoughby progresses to a crawl

Australian BMX star Sam Willoughby says he's able to ride an exercise bike easily despite being paralysed in a crash last September.

BMX star Willoughby progresses to a crawl

Australian BMX star Sam Willoughby says he's able to ride an exercise bike easily despite being paralysed in a crash last September.

Australian Olympian Sam Willoughby says his recovery from the BMX cycling crash that paralysed him continues positively.

But he accepts his racing days are over, focusing on walking fiancee Alise Post down the aisle when they marry on December 31.

Willoughby, a London Olympics silver medallist in 2012, has progressed from cycling on a stationary bike to crawling on his hands and knees.

The 25-year-old from Adelaide said he constantly improves at rehabilitation exercises.

"I can ride the bike pretty easily now and am doing quite a bit of crawling," Willoughby told News Corp Australia from the United States, where he's receiving treatment.

"I've progressed to using ankle weights when I do that now to try to strengthen up whatever function I've got in my hips."

He said he can last three minutes standing on a vibration plate, up from 30 seconds when he started.

Willoughby in April posted an Instagram video of him on an exercise bike, with the caption, "anyone need a starter for Tokyo #notquitedoneyet".

But the two-time world champion said he's comfortable with no longer being able to race.

"Obviously I didn't want it to end this way but it puts things into perspective," he said.

Willoughby endured a horrific fall while training on a BMX track in the US last September.

The impact initially left him with no movement from the chest down, after he sustained fractures to vertebrae that severely compressed his spinal cord.


AAP



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