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Injured lawyer completes Dakar race

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A lawyer has become the second Scot ever to complete the notorious Dakar Rally on a motorbike, despite cracking his ribs in a crash.

Paul Carlyle said he was "over the moon" after he crossed the finishing line of the world's toughest endurance race from Argentina to Chile and back. The 38-year-old, who quit his day job for a month to participate, was also the first among the British contestants in the motorbike category.

A "stupid" crash 11 days after the race began nearly cut short his attempt. Mr Carlyle, a resident of South Lanarkshire who now lives in Leith, Endinburgh, said he rode "a little bit faster" than usual when "I made a small mistake in the dust and next thing I know I'm flying through the air".

"I cracked a couple of ribs," he said, but added that he was able to continue riding.

This year, the rally, which originally ended in Dakar, Senegal, was organised in South America for the second consecutive year.

It began in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, headed over mountains to Chile's Atacama desert before proceeding south to the Chilean capital of Santiago, and back to Buenos Aires.

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