KATY MARCHANT’S keirin hopes crashed and burned in spectacular fashion – after she was the innocent victim of a horror accident.
The Team GB star was getting ready to make her move on the penultimate lap when she was wiped out by Laurine van Riessen of Holland.
The Dutch rider might have been spooked by an apparent move by Hong Kong’s Sze Wai Lee but there was no real reason for her to go straight into Marchant.
Both riders crashed to the ground and while Marchant was able to remount, the Dutch woman was carted off on a stretcher.
Marchant was able to get back up on her bike and finish, but she won't progress to the semi finals now.
Van Riessen was reportedly knocked out in the crash, according to the BBC.
They added that she was now conscious and the Olympian is now receiving medical attention in hospital.
Remarkably chipper, Marchant said: “I’m all right – it’s just not my day, is it? I’m not really sure what happened.
“They were fighting on the inside and suddenly Laurine came down in front of me. I had nowhere to go but that’s bike racing.
“I’m just a little bit battered and bruised but I’m all right. I’m fine for the sprint.”
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She added: “I needed to finish the race in case there was something that came up on the results, a relegation or anything.
“I'm not really sure what happened, wrong place, wrong time, I just got caught up in it.
“I'll be back tomorrow to start the sprint competition.”
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