Tokyo Olympics: New Zealand sailor Erica Dawson breaks leg in training, Games hopes in doubt

New Zealand sailor Erica Dawson broke her leg in a training accident in Australia this week and faces a race to be fit for her Olympic debut in Japan next month.

Dawson, who has been working with skipper Micah Wilkinson alongside the Australian team in Mooloolaba, fell off her Nacra 17 catamaran on Tuesday and broke her left fibula after hitting the rudder of the boat.

"Not ideal situation five weeks out from the Olympics," Dawson said in an Instagram post on Friday that was accompanied by a picture of her in a hospital bed.

"On Tuesday in Mooloolaba I came off the boat and got hit by the rudder breaking my fibula.

"There have been many tears, but also managed many laughs despite the situation we're in. I'll do my absolute best for a speedy recovery to be on that start line with Micah and come out stronger."

Dawson and Wilkinson are scheduled to begin their Olympic campaign at Enoshima on July 28. 

The Tokyo Games will begin on July 23.