Katy Marchant crashes out of the women’s keirin as Dutch rider Laurine van Riessen accidentally knocks out the Team GB star and is knocked out, after which she receives a long treatment on the track before being carried away
Katy Marchant’s hopes for the women’s keirin were brutally ended when she was caught in a crash in the quarterfinals through no fault of her own.
Marchant, who looked strong in Wednesday’s opening races despite one relegation, was knocked out when Dutch rider Laurine van Riessen appeared to click a wheel up front and swung up the bank to take the Team GB star out of the race.
The Dutch rider was knocked unconscious as a result of the crash, requiring immediate treatment to the side of the track before being taken off on a stretcher.
Katy Marchant is taken out of the ladies keirin by Dutch rider keirin Laurine van Riessen
Van Riessen seemed to snap a wheel up front and swung up to take Marchant out of the race
Van Riessen (left) is injured on the ground while Marchant gets up again
Marchant got back on her bike to finish the race, but already knew she could go no further, with only the top four going through and no second chances at this stage of the competition.
“My legs felt good, I felt I came at the right time,” Marchant said. “But I think I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s cycling.
‘I don’t know exactly what happened. I was so focused on moving forward. I’m not sure if she pinched someone’s wheel on the side or if she fell, but her wheels took mine out.”
The 28-year-old now has to refocus for the individual sprint, in which she took bronze in Rio five years ago, with the competition starting Friday.
“I think I’m fine,” she said when asked if there was any permanent damage.
The Dutch rider was knocked out and required long-term treatment on the side of the track
Van Riessen will be removed on a stretcher on Thursday after a serious crash
The 33-year-old was knocked unconscious after he violently walked into Marchant’s path
“There’s a little blood, but I think I’m fine.”
After three laps of racing in formation, Marchant was still in the hunt to secure qualification for the semi-finals, but there was plenty of work to do.
As the riders gathered and sprinted at full speed on the final lap, Van Riessen was surrounded before the incident, leaving both her and Marchant on deck.
Van Riessen was eliminated as a result of the violent collision, which meant that the 33-year-old had to be treated urgently by medical personnel at the velodrome.