Reigning BMX winner Connor Fields stretchered off after crashing

Japan 2020
Tokyo Olympics BMX Cycling

Connor Fields of the United States, center, leads with Anthony Dean of Australia, above, Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes of Colombia, 2nd right, and Giacomo Fantoni of Italy, right, following, in the men’s BMX Racing quarterfinals at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)


TOKYO (AP) — Reigning BMX racing gold medalist Connor Fields of the United States was carried off on a stretcher after crashing in the third semifinal heat at the Tokyo Olympics.

Fields was fourth after his opening two heats and landed hard off a jump heading into the first turn in the third run. The 28-year-old from Las Vegas slammed into the turn and lay on the track as medical personnel rushed out to help him.

Fields was attended to for several minutes before being carried away. He qualified for the finals, but did not race. Fields was born in the Dallas suburb of Plano, but grew up in Nevada.

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He became the first American BMX rider to win gold at the 2016 Rio Games and was a favorite to win it again in Tokyo.

Niek Kimmann of the Netherlands won gold with Great Britain’s Kye Whyte and Colombia’s Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes winning silver and bronze.

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