The ladies’s biking omnium occasion delivered one of the crucial horrifying moments of the Olympics, with practically half of the sector within the first scratch race not ending on account of crashes.
The second-to-last lap of the race noticed two collisions. The primary, much less critical one got here behind the pack when Yao Pang of Hong Kong went down and ended up taking Lithuania’s Olivija Baleisyte together with her.
The large one got here simply seconds later.
In the course of the pack, Italy’s Elisa Balsamo misplaced management of her bike and straight hit Eire’s Emily Kay. The 2-time defending gold medalist within the omnium, Laura Kenny of Nice Britain, instantly went down within the collateral injury behind the pair, as did Poland’s Daria Pikulik, Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky and France’s Carla Copponi. That might have been the tip of it, besides Balsamo continued to slip towards the within of the monitor and went straight below the wheels of Egypt’s Ebtissam Zayed Ahmed.
The web end result was 9 DNFs in a discipline of 21, with a two-time gold medalist amongst them. The carnage would have reached double digits had Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark not displayed supernatural reflexes in avoiding the creating crash in entrance of her.
The crash’s victims weren’t restricted to athletes both, as Noreen Landis-Tyson, the president of the commissaire’s’ panel, was hit within the ensuing chaos. NBC reported that Landis-Tyson was acutely aware instantly after the race, however in a stretcher.
The lucky riders had been principally these in entrance of the crash. Group USA’s Jennifer Valente completed first within the race to take the utmost 40 factors to open the four-race competitors. The 9 who did not end solely acquired 16, placing Kenny in a dire place with three races to go.
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