Connor Fields, the reigning BMX racing gold champion for the United States, crashed badly in the semi-finals and had to be carried out of the stadium in an ambulance.
“Connor Fields is awake, stable, and currently undergoing medical evaluation. He’ll be monitored in the hospital for the time being “U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jon Finnoff stated.
The semi-final round included three heats, with the 28-year-old competing in the third. To begin, he had two successful rides. Then, catastrophe befell them.
Fields was riding in a pack when he misjudged the landing of a jump and fell on his head. Since he appeared to be unconscious, paramedics loaded him onto a stretcher and wheeled him off the track.
Connor Fields, USA’s defending Olympic Gold Medalist BMX Rider, Suffers Horrific Crash in Semifinals
On Friday at the Tokyo Olympics, American BMX rider Connor Fields was engaged in a terrible incident at the beginning of the third semifinal run.
After a brisk start, Fields and company took off. While making the first corner, he lost control and crashed flat on his face, bringing down two other riders with him.
While lying unmoving on the asphalt circuit, he was run over by several bikers. A stretcher was used to remove him from the track and transport him to the hospital in an ambulance.
According to a later statement from USA Cycling, Fields is “awake and undergoing further medical evaluation.”
It was confirmed in the statement that Connor Field is conscious and being evaluated by medical professionals.
American BMX racer Connor Fields was born on September 14, 1992. He competed for the United States in the men’s BMX event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he placed seventh.
He competed in the men’s BMX event for the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He became the first American to ever win an Olympic BMX gold medal after his victory in Rio.
Fields was competing in the BMX event at the 2020 Summer Olympics, however he was eliminated in the semi-finals after crashing off a jump on his third run into the first turn.
Fields and Australian cyclist Saya Sakakibara, who was hurt in a women’s semifinal event on the same day, were both sent well wishes for a speedy recovery via the Olympic Committee’s Twitter account.