July 30, 2021

By Martyn Herman

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – American favourite Connor Fields crashed heavily in the third run of his semi-final in the Olympic men’s BMX race on Friday and was taken off the track on a stretcher.

Fields crashed on the first 180 corner and was treated by medical staff before being taken away.

The reigning champion had already done enough to qualify for the final later, but his hopes of a second successive gold medal look over. There was no immediate word on his condition.

The semi-finals had been delayed for 45 minutes by rain.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)