Marchant managed to pick herself up, buthad to be taken to hospital after the collision – AFP. hopes of winning gold in the keirin were ended when she was wiped out in a spectacular crash in Thursday’s quarter-finals, which resulted in her Dutch rival being hospitalized.
Marchant, the Olympicmedallist from Rio 2016, had looked in excellent form heading into the race, progressing smoothly through the rounds despite a very soft relegation in the first round, which forced her to go through repechages.
But disaster struck on the first bend of theon the outside. Laurine van Riessen, Marchant’s Dutch rival, was also looking to move up, but as she did so, she clipped the wheel in front of her, of her bike and veering into Marchant. Both riders fell heavily, sliding down the bank and landing in a heap of bodies and .
Germany’s Emma Hinze (left) rides past as Laurine van Riessen and Katy Marchant collide in keirin quarter-final – AFP.
Although Marchant was quickly back on her feet and even finished the race – just in case any of her rivals were relegated, and she might progress – van Riessenon a stretcher, with her neck in a brace. She was believed to be conscious before being taken to the hospital.
Katy Marchant: ‘I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, I guess – GETTY IMAGES
A spokesperson for the Dutch team later told De Telegraaf: “She is well but can’t remember the fall. However, she made it clear that the pain mainly concerns her shoulder. The team doctor is with her.” Marchant was forced to watch as team-mate Matt Walls claimed Team GB’s first gold medal of the week in the velodrome, knowing she might have gotten in there first had luck been on her side.
In her absence, van Riessen’s compatriot Shanne Braspennincx – who thought her career was over six years ago when she suffered a– won gold from New Zealand’s Ellesse Andrews and Canada’s Lauriane Genest. Marchant was left frustrated. “My legs felt good,” she said. “I felt I was . But I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s
She added: “I’m not sure what happened. I was so focused on moving forward. I’m unsure if she clipped somebody’s wheel as she fell, but her wheels took out mine.” Marchant, who took bronze behind Becky James in the individual sprint in Rio five years ago, said she was sure she would be OK to line up in qualifying on Friday. “I think I’m all right,” she said. “There’s a bit of blood, but I think I’m all right. Just a bit battered and bruised.”
Marchant reacts after the crash, which dealt a fatal blow to her gold medal hopes – PA.
As well as the opening rounds of the, there will be British interest in the women’s Madison on Friday, with Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald among the favorites for gold. The duo will have to beat the reigning , Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters of the Netherlands, to win the event, making its Olympic debut for the women.
But Archibald, in particular, looked in fine fettle in the women’s pursuit earlier in the week. Her power and Kenny’s dynamism should make for a helpful variety. The Madison, one ofmost outwardly chaotic but simultaneously beautiful disciplines, sees teams of two riders hand-sling each other around the velodrome to gain laps on the field and sprint for points.
“When I first started watching, I fell in love with the points race, and the Madison is the two-person equivalent,” Archibald told the BBC. “So to have this opportunity open up is great. It’s a huge privilege to compete in the first-ever Olympic competition. It was frustrating and heartbreaking when Madison wasn’t a women’s event. So hopefully, I can be a pioneer for it.”