Gone in 60 seconds: It’s a sad day for BMX rider Sae


Painful ending: Sae Hatakeyama of Japan crashes in the women’s BMX Racing quarter-finals. — AP

TOKYO: Less than a minute. That’s all it took for Japanese BMX rider Sae Hatakeyama’s Olympic dreams to crash as she fell and broke her collarbone in her very first run of BMX racing’s quarter-finals yesterday.

Hatakeyama’s exit will prove to be particularly painful for hometown fans, who also saw her male counterpart fail to qualify for the semi-finals.

BMX racing, an official Olympic sport since Beijing, is known as a high-octane sport with elevated risks of injury.

During each of the runs of the quarter-finals, six riders whizzed down a 10-meter tall ramp to fly over a series of slopes, squeaking around steeply banked turns before sprinting to the finish.

Hatakeyama, who came third earlier this year in a BMX Supercross event, appeared to have a decent start, but then clipped one of her wheels on another athlete’s, making her tumble to her side.

The Japanese rider did not finish the race after her fall and pulled out of the remaining two runs of the quarter-finals. Fellow Japanese rider Yoshitaku Nagasako also lost out on a chance to advance.

Nagasako’s coach Masahiro Sampei said the doctor found that Hatakeyama had broken her left collarbone after the crash.

“I think she is very devastated, because she has been preparing for this for a long time, and now it is gone in seconds,” said Sampei.

“But she is still young, and I hope she can make the most of this experience,” he added.

Colombia’s BMX queen Mariana Pajon, who won all three heats of her quarter-final group, and 15 other riders advanced to the women’s semi-finals, which will be held today. — Reuters

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Cycling

Doping-British para cyclist McBride gets three-year ban for use of ostarine
Cycling-Lambie wins men's pursuit gold as Ganna fails to make final
Motorcycling-MotoGP raises minimum ages after teenage race fatalities
Signs of Tokyo trauma?
Cycling-Olympic champions Italy, Germany win team pursuits at world championships
‘Reach the finish line first,’ Azizul tells Fadhil and Shah Firdaus
Motorcycling-Darryn Binder steps up to MotoGP with RNF Racing
Cycling-Netherlands win world title in men's team sprint
Cycling-WADA investigation finds British Cycling conducted private testing
Fadhil and Shah Firdaus can fight for podium spots in France

Others Also Read


Vouchers