American BMX racer Connor Fields suffered a BRAIN HAEMORRHAGE plus broken ribs and a bruised lung in horror crash during Olympic semi-final but is out of intensive care unit as he recovers in Tokyo hospital
- Connor Fields was second in Olympic BMX semi-final when he suffered crash
- American clipped wheel of leader and flipped over his handlebars to the floor
- Team USA confirmed Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage in face-first landing
- He also broke ribs and bruised his lung but is recovering in a Tokyo hospital
- Fields has been moved out of intensive care with doctors monitoring injuries
- Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here
American BMX racer Connor Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage after a horror crash in Thursday’s Olympic semi-final.
The 28-year-old won gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics and was favourite to defend his title but went over this handlebars and fell face-first into the asphalt, taking two other competitors down with him.
Fields had to be carried away from the course on a stretcher and in a neck brace after receiving medical attention for several minutes.
American racer Connor Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage during a horror crash in Thursday’s BMX semi-final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo
Fields, 28, had to be carried off on a stretcher with a neck brace but has now been moved out of intensive care in hospital as he recovers from his injuries
Fields was one of the favourites to take gold having won the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics
He has now been moved out of the critical care unit at a Tokyo hospital after doctors found no evidence of additional bleeding on the brain.
His father Mike Fields told USA Today: ‘There’s a bit of fluid on his brain, but it has not increased for the last 24 hours, so they’re feeling good about that. So far the results seem pretty positive.
‘Cognitively, he’s doing well. He knows where he is. He knows his birthday. He recognises people.’
He added that Fields also suffered a broken rib and bruised lung in the crash and underwent CT scans on his brain, spine and abdomen while in hospital.
Fields made a quick start and was in second position in the heat when the crash happened
Fields (right), from Texas, is the defending champion and became Team USA’s first BMX rider to win gold at the 2016 Rio Games
Fields was in second position in the third and final heat of the semi-final, having already qualified for the final, when he appeared to catch the wheel of the leader, France’s Romain Mahieu, causing the crash.
A USA Cycling statement said: ‘Doctors report there has been no additional bleeding and no new injuries found.
‘Fields has been moved out of the critical care unit and will remain in the hospital until cleared.’
Fields is carried away to hospital on a stretcher after suffering the horror crash on Thursday
Niek Kimmann (centre), of Holland, who suffered his own crash during training in the days prior to the event, won gold. Britain’s Kye Whyte (left) took silver and Carlos Ramirez Yepes (right) walked away with bronze
Team Netherlands’ Niek Kimmann, who suffered his own crash during training in the days prior to the event, won gold in the final. Team GB’s Kye Whyte took silver and Carlos Ramirez Yepes walked away with bronze.
When asked about Fields’s crash, Kimmann said: ‘I haven’t seen the crash, but I hope he’s OK. He’s been a great ambassador for the sport. For me it’s sad he wasn’t able to defend his gold medal.’
Fields’ crash was followed minutes later by another serious accident in the women’s semi-finals. Australia’s Saya Sakakibara needed medical attention on the track after getting hit from behind in the third run.
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