English cyclist Matt Walls was involved in a horror crash at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday when he went over the barriers and into the crowd at Lee Valley Velo Park.
The Olympic omnium champion, competing in the men’s scratch qualifier at the London venue, was treated for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance.
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Spectators were also hurt after Walls and his bike came over the barriers on the high side of a corner.
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Team England said in an update: “Matt is alert and talking – as he has been throughout – and is being treated in hospital.”
Eyewitnesses said that, due to the gradient of the banking, spectators in the front row were unaware of the crash.
One man was treated for an amputation while a young girl was also given medical attention.
The walls were trying to avoid falling riders. The beaten duo of New Zealand’s George Jackson and Australia’s Josh Duffy pushed the banking forward, forcing the walls over and over the barrier.
Canadian Derek Gee also surfed the top of the barrier but managed to avoid following Walls into the stands.
The Isle of Man’s Matt Bostock was also taken to hospital with head and shoulder injuries, while Canadian Mathias Guillaume was disqualified after an early crash.
A total of eight riders went down on the final lap of the race, with medics and coaches rushing to help.
An England coach climbed over the edge to reach the walls in the crowd.
The rest of the morning session at the velodrome was canceled and fans were asked to leave as medical staff attended to Walls, who won omnium gold and medicine silver for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics last year. .
Most of the Commonwealth Games events are held in Birmingham, but track cycling is held in London.
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