English cyclist Matt Walls involved in an accident at the Commonwealth Games 2022.© Twitter
England cyclist Matt Walls was involved in a horrific accident at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday when he ran into obstacles and crowds at Lee Valley Velopark. The Olympic Omnium champion, competing in the men’s scratch qualifier at the London venue, received treatment for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance. The onlookers were also hurt when Walls and his bike came over the barrier on the high banking of a corner. Team England said in an update: “Matt is alert and talking – as he is filling out – and is being treated in hospital.”
Witnesses said that, because of the banking shield, the spectators in the front row were eyewitnesses to the accident.
A man treated a cut in his hand, while a young girl also received medical help.
The walls were trying to avoid the fallen riders. The stricken pair of New Zealand’s George Jackson and Australia’s Josh Duffy slowed banking, allowing Walls to climb up to the barrier and then over it.
Canadian Derek Gee also reached the top of the barrier but managed to avoid Walls going into the stands.
Isle of Man’s Matt Bostock was also taken to hospital with head and shoulder injuries, while Canadian Mathias Guillemette was disqualified due to an initial accident.
A total of eight riders went down in the final leg of the race, with medics and coaches immediately rushing to help.
An England coach climbed onto the banks to reach the Walls in the crowd.
The remainder of the morning session at the velodrome was canceled and spectators were asked to leave as the medical staff attended Vales, who won Omnium Gold and Madison Silver for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Most of the Commonwealth Games events are being held in Birmingham, but track cycling is being held in London.
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