American BMX rider Connor Fields suffered brain injury in horror crash

US BMX rider Connor Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage during a horror crash (Picture: AP)

American BMX racer Connor Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage in the horror crash which prevented him from defending his Olympic title on Friday.

Fields, 28, had already qualified for the final when he was involved in a major pile-up in the last run of his semi-final, and was carried from the track on a stretcher before being taken to St Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo.

In a statement issued on Saturday, USA Cycling said: ‘The doctors reported that Fields sustained a brain haemorrhage at the venue.

Romain Mahieu of Team France checks on Connor Fields of Team United States after a crash on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Picture: Getty)

‘After a night in the ICU, the doctors are pleased to report that there has been no additional bleeding, and no new injuries were found. Fields has been moved out of the critical care unit and will remain in the hospital until cleared.’

The Texan was competing at his third Olympics and was one of the big favourites for gold as the reigning champion.

In his absence Dutchman Niek Kimmann – himself involved in a scary crash when an official walked on to the track during training earlier in the week – took gold ahead of Great Britain’s Kye Whyte.

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