BMX racer Niek Kimmann in race against time to be fit for the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday after Dutchman suffered a knee injury after colliding with OFFICIAL in practice session
Olympic BMX rider Niek Kimmann is racing against time to be fit for the start of the men’s event at the Tokyo Games after he collided with an official during a practice session on Monday.
The former world champion got to know the circuit and adjusted for the start of competition in the quarter-finals of this summer’s Olympics on Thursday.
But his preparation for the heats in Japan later this week was dealt a huge blow when the 25-year-old – traveling at full throttle – crashed into a marshall crossing the track at the same time as he whizzed past in the middle of the session.
Olympic BMX rider Niek Kimmann in race against the clock to get fit after collision with official
The former world champion adjusted to the track ahead of Thursday’s quarter-finals
The official seemed oblivious to the Dutchman coming at him with such speed and Kimmann could do little to avoid bumping into him and hurting his knee.
Kimmann then confirmed that his knee still hurt when he posted about the incident on social media with images of the crash.
“So this is what happened today,” he posted. “Hit an official trying to cross the 2nd straight. Hope the official is OK
“My knee hurts, but I’ll do my best to be ready by Thursday! Thanks everyone for the messages, appreciate it!’
The official did not seem to know that the Dutchman was coming his way with such speed
Kimmann then confirmed that his knee still hurt when he posted about the incident on social media sociale
Kimmann’s collision was the last in a tough few days for his cycling mates in Tokyo.
On Monday morning Mathieu van der Poel crashed early in the mountain bike event and had to give up the race won by Team GB’s Tom Pidcock.
Van der Poel was left furious after claiming that a ramp on the part of the track where he fell – known as the Sakura Drop – had been removed because he had practiced going over the track.
He tweeted: ‘I didn’t know. The ramp was there during the reconnaissance. I just heard they removed it during the testing event.”
Countryman Mathieu van der Poel crashed at the start of the mountain bike event