After a month, trying to find out what happened to Gabriela Zelinka during the Ironman race 70.3 in Italy, the physicians managed to explain which is the medical diagnosis of the athlete. During the bike course, Gabriela Zelinka had a bad bike crash in which she dislocated her shoulder. After having carried out various on-site inspections, medical assessments and having excluded human errors or bike mechanical breakdowns, it appears that the Hungarian athlete suffered a pulmonary embolism. She was then diagnosed the Factor V Leiden that is a common hereditary genetic disorder that causes blood clotting (thrombophilia) almost always in veins. Some of the people suffering Factor V Leiden do not develop abnormal blood clots. But some do develop clots that lead to long-term health problems or become life-threatening. Both men and women can have Factor V Leiden. Women may have an increased tendency to develop blood clots during pregnancy or when taking the hormone estrogen. If you have Factor V Leiden and have developed blood clots, anticoagulants medications can lessen your risk of developing additional blood clots and help you avoid potentially serious complications.

Gabriela after having being diagnosed with this kind of pathology, did not despair. She decided to race again to demonstrate that even with this pathology a person can compete at a high-level. The Hungarian athlete, although going through these difficult times, had a nice thought for everyone. She also encouraged the women to undergo the testing for Factor V Leiden.

From all the PPR Team all the best wishes to the athlete and the woman that has always been so dedicated, professional, and well-educated. A great hug to Gabi from all the executive managers and the athletes, fellow adventurers of the racing team.