Connor Fields horror crash: Reigning BMX Olympic champion awake in hospital after semi-final shunt at Tokyo 2020
BMX medal favourite Connor Fields is 'awake and awaiting further medical evaluation' after he was carried off the course on a stretcher following a terrifying crash earlier.
The 28-year-old American was competing in the semi-final heat in men’s racing at the Tokyo Olympics when disaster struck.
The crash occurred on the very first turn of the race in the final run of three.
Fields was fourth after the first two heats and had prime position for the last ride before the finals when the front wheel of his bike caught the back one of the leader.
The ace, from Las Vegas, was sent crashing to the ground as two other racers fell over him and were also sent tumbling.
Medics quickly raced on to the scene to treat the stricken star for several minutes as concerns mounted.
He was then loaded into an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A doctor for USA Cycling has now provided an update on his condition.
A statement read: “We can confirm Connor Field is awake and awaiting further medical evaluation.”
They also added that further updates would be announced as they become available.
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Fields was a 2016 Olympic gold medalist and was a huge contender to win gold again in the Far East.
He had already qualified for the finals despite the terrifying smash.
The rider made his Olympic debut back at London 2012, where he finished seventh overall.
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