Heart condition ends Roulston's career

Kiwi Hayden Roulston has been forced to call a very premature end to a very promising career after b

Kiwi Hayden Roulston has been forced to call a very premature end to a very promising career after b

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Just as New Zealander Hayden Roulston seemed to be getting his cycling career back on track after a brief and stormy period with Discovery Channel, the 25-year-old Kiwi has been forced to quit the sport after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition.

Roulston, who returned to riding on the track and won a silver medal in the points race at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, went into a Christchurch hospital on Tuesday for an exploratory procedure after complaining of an irregular heartbeat. A specialist confirmed he has scarring of the right ventricle on the lower chamber of the heart.

The condition is potentially life-threatening, and left Roulston with no option but to bring a very premature end to a very promising career that was taking off again after he made two court appearances on assault-related charges in a year. Those episodes led to a decision to quit Discovery Channel and return to track racing, before he returned to racing on the road in the United States.

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