At the Commonwealth Games on Sunday (July 31), English cyclist Matt Walls was flung over the barriers and into the fans at the Lee Valley VeloPark. The incident was described as a “horrific crash,” and it occurred during the competition.
After receiving medical attention for more than forty minutes at the location in London where the men’s scratch qualifiers were being held, the Olympic omnium winner was eventually transported away in an ambulance.
As a result of Walls and his bike going over the top of the barriers while they were on the high banking of a corner, several spectators were also injured.
In a recent update, Team England shared the following information: “Matt is alert and talking — as he has been throughout — and is currently receiving medical attention in hospital.”
According to witnesses, viewers in the front row were unable to see the incident take place because the bank was sloped in such a way that it was steep.
A male received medical attention for cuts that he sustained to his arm, and a small child was also treated for her injuries.
Walls was attempting to dodge riders who had fallen off of their horses. The injured duo of Josh Duffy and George Jackson from Australia and New Zealand slid up the banks, which forced Walls to climb up onto the barrier and then over it.
Derek Gee, who is from Canada, also managed to surf over the top of the barrier, but he was able to avoid following Scott Walls into the stands.
Matt Bostock, from the Isle of Man, was also brought to the hospital with head and shoulder injuries. Canadian Mathias Guillemette was disqualified for triggering the original crash, which led to the disqualification of Isle of Man’s Bostock.
On the final circuit of the race, a total of eight competitors fell off their bikes, prompting coaches and medical personnel to swiftly rush to their aid.
An England coach scaled the banks in order to get to Walls, who was standing in the crowd.
The remainder of the morning session at the velodrome was called off, and spectators were ordered to leave as medical workers attended to Walls, who had previously won gold in the omnium and silver in the madison for Team Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in the previous year.
The Commonwealth Games are being held in both London and Birmingham, with the exception of the track cycling competition, which will take place in London.
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