Team GB faces a close call when a horrific fall rips the rider’s equipment to shreds.
Team GB were involved in velodrome drama this morning when two riders went down “quite hard” during the men’s keirin heat.
During this morning’s men’s keirin heat at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, two riders fell “quite severely.” When the cyclists in the heat were packed close in the velodrome, the crash occurred, with Team GB’s Jack Carlin riding alongside Malaysian racer M.S.F Sahrom. The Malaysian rider struck the deck as the pack disintegrated, throwing Kazakhstan rider Sergey Ponomaryov from his bike as well.
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According to a BBC analyst, the Malaysian rider’s skin suit was “in total shreds” after the violent crash.
Following the crash, the gun went to signal a void race.
Jill Douglas of the BBC said: “There’s always drama in the velodrome, and we’ve had the most incredible tournament here.”
“We watched two riders fall down extremely hard in that kerin race.”
“The Malaysian rider’s skinsuit is in shreds, indicating he took a really heavy fall, as did the Kazakhstan rider,” she continued.
“The four riders who finished the heat will compete in the repechage, while the two riders who crashed will compete in the repechage.”
Later, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker commented on it, saying, “Jack Carlin went in heat number two, and here is the crash that happened, and Jack was involved in.”
“This was absolutely horrible for the Malaysian,” said Olympic winner Sir Chris Hoy. He got a little too close to Jack’s shoulder and caught it.
“That agitated Jack, who lost his footing and collided with him.
“Jack wasn’t attempting to push him out of the way; he was just trying to keep his balance.
“With a really devastating fall, that took out the Malaysian and then the Kazakhstan rider as well.”
“That may be a collarbone issue or a concussion for the Kazakhstan rider,” Sir Chris remarked.
Jack Carlin was involved in another incident in the later re-race of the heat when Hugo Barrette of Canada went down after clipping the Briton.
Carlin took first place in his heat and advanced to the quarter-finals.
Jason Kenny, a Team GB rider who won the repechage race, will join him in the quarter-finals.
“He absolutely,” Sir Chris said. “Brinkwire Summary News.”