Katy Marchant’s hopes in the women’s keirin were ended in cruel fashion as she was caught in a crash through no fault of her own in the quarter-finals.
Marchant, who looked strong in Wednesday’s opening races despite suffering one relegation, was taken out when Dutch rider Lauren van Riessen appeared to clip a wheel in front and swung up the bank to take the Team GB star out of the race.
The Dutch rider received treatment at the track side before being taken away on a stretcher.
Katy Marchant is taken out of the women’s keirin by Dutch rider keirin Lauren van Riessen
Van Riessen appeared to clip a wheel in front and swung up to take Marchant out of the race
Van Riessen (left) lays injured on the floor while Marchant manages to get back to her feet
Marchant got back on her bike to finish the race but already knew she could not advance, with only the top four going through and no second chances at this stage of the competition.
‘My legs felt good, I felt I was coming at the right time,’ said Marchant. ‘But I was in the wrong place at the wrong time I guess. That’s bike racing.
‘I’m not really sure what happened. I was so focused on moving forward. I’m not sure if she clipped somebody’s wheel at the side or she fell but her wheels took out mine.’
The Dutch rider needed lengthy treatment on the track before being stretchered away
Van Riessen is taken away on a stretcher following her high-impact crash on Thursday
The 28-year-old must now refocus ahead of the individual sprint, in which she took bronze in Rio five years ago, with the competition due to start on Friday.
‘I think I’m alright,’ she said when asked if there was any lasting damage.
‘There’s a bit of blood but I think I’m alright.’
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