Team USA BMX star stretchered off Olympic course after big crash

Team USA BMX star stretchered off Olympic course after big crash
Defending champion taken away by ambulance after incident

Team USA BMX star Connor Fields was stretchered off the Olympic course after a major crash.

Defending champion Fields, 28, needed medical attention after the scary incident in the third heat of the semi-final of the competition at the Tokyo games.

Texas-born Fields, who was a favourite for the gold medal, had already qualified for the final after the two earlier heats.

Three bikes crashed on the first turn of the final semi-final run, and Fields received treatment before being taken to an ambulance, according to

Fields landed hard from a jump and lay on the ground, with his Team USA jersey ripped as medics ran to treat him.

The semi-final round of the competition had been delayed for 45 minutes because of rain.

The men’s final was set to go ahead without Fields with a field of just seven riders.

The incident involving Fields was then followed by another crash in the third run of the women’s semi-final.

Australia’s Saya Sakakibara was leading the race when she crashed and had to also be stretchered off.

Fields became the first American BMX rider to win a gold medal in the event at Rio 2016.

He made his Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games, where he finished seventh in the event.


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