Olympic gold medalist Free injured while cycling

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GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) -- Beijing Olympic rowing pairs gold medalist Duncan Free will miss the world championships in Slovenia after breaking his leg when he was hit by a car while cycling.

Rowing Australia said Thursday that Free was riding with three other rowers on Wednesday -- his 38th birthday -- when a car knocked him from his bike. The surgery to insert a rod through his broken femur was successful and he still hopes to compete in next year's London Games, which would be his fifth Olympics.

Free was chosen in the men's coxless four and scheduled to depart with the Australian team in June to compete at three events, including the world titles in late August.