Cycling at the Commonwealth Games was struck by another horrifying crash on Sunday afternoon that saw England’s Matt Walls catapulted over the barrier into the crowd, leaving athletes and spectators requiring urgent medical attention.
In the second qualifying heat of the men’s 15km scratch qualifying, t. was a multi-rider crash and England’s Matt Walls flew over the barrier and into the crowd, with his bike.
Fellow racer Matt Bostock was taken away on a stretcher, while 24-year-old Walls received treatment for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance.
British Cycling confirmed on social media that Walls and Bostock were taken to hospital. Canada’s Derek Gee also hit the top of the barrier and while he didn’t follow Walles over the top and into the crowd, he fell heavily backwards.
‘We send our best wishes to the riders and spectators involved in the incident and will provide a further update when we can,’ British Cycling posted on Twitter. Team England added: ‘Matt is alert and talking – as he has been throughout – and is being given medical attention in hospital.’
Spectators were also hurt after Walls and his bike had come over the top of the barriers on the high banking of the corner.
The 24-year-old Olympic omnium champion was trying to avoid riders who had fallen in a crash lower down the banking but as he rode up, he clipped another wheel and went over the top.
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Following the collision, the remainder of this session at the velodrome was abandoned and only one sprint race was to come before a break.
The remainder of the morning session at the velodrome was cancelled and spectators were asked to leave as medical staff attended to Walls.
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