American BMX racer Connor Fields suffered a BRAIN HAEMORRHAGE plus broken ribs and a bruised lung in a horror crash during the Olympic semifinals, but is out of the intensive care unit as he recovers in Tokyo hospital
- Connor Fields was second in the Olympic BMX semifinals when he crashed
- American leader clipped steering wheel and flipped over his steering wheel to the ground
- Team USA confirmed Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage from a face-to-face landing
- He also broke ribs and bruised his lung, but is recovering in a Tokyo hospital
- Fields has been released from intensive care and doctors are monitoring injuries
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American BMX racer Connor Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage after a horror crash in Thursday’s Olympic semifinal.
The 28-year-old won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was a favorite to defend his title, but went over the wheel and fell face-down into the tarmac, taking two other competitors down with him.
Fields had to be removed from the course on a stretcher and in a neck brace after a few minutes of medical attention.
American racer Connor Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage in a horror crash in Thursday’s BMX semifinal at Tokyo’s Ariake Urban Sports Park
Fields, 28, had to be carried away on a stretcher with a neck brace but has now been removed from hospital intensive care as he recovers from his injuries
Fields was one of the favorites to take gold after winning the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics
He has now been removed from the intensive care unit of a Tokyo hospital after doctors found no evidence of additional bleeding in the brain.
His father Mike Fields told… USA today: ‘There is some fluid in his brain, but that has not increased in the last 24 hours, so they feel good about that. So far the results seem quite positive.
He is doing well cognitively. He knows where he is. He knows his birthday. He recognizes people.’
He added that Fields also suffered a broken rib and bruised lung in the crash and underwent CT scans of his brain, spine and abdomen while he was in the hospital.
Fields got off to a quick start and was second 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 place in the third and final heat of the semi-final, having already qualified for the final, when he appeared to catch the wheel of France’s Romain Mahieu, Romain Mahieu, and caused the crash.
A statement from USA Cycling said: “Doctors report that there has been no additional bleeding and no new injuries found.
“Fields has been removed from the intensive care unit and will remain in the hospital until it is cleared.”
Fields is being stretched to hospital after Thursday’s horror crash
Niek Kimmann (center), from the Netherlands, who suffered his own crash during practice in the days leading up to the event, won gold. Briton Kye Whyte (left) took silver and Carlos Ramirez Yepes (right) walked away with bronze
Niek Kimmann of Team Netherlands, who crashed during practice in the days leading up 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’ crash, Kimmann said: “I didn’t see the crash, but I hope it’s okay. He has been a great ambassador for the sport. I’m sorry he couldn’t defend his gold medal.’
Fields’ crash was followed minutes later by another serious accident in the women’s semifinals. Australian Saya Sakakibara needed medical attention on the track after being hit from behind in the third run.