Marchant OUT of the women's keirin after collison with Van Riessen

Marchant OUT of the women's keirin after collison with Van Riessen

August 5, 2021

Katy Marchant crashes out of the women’s keirin as Dutch rider Laurine van Riessen accidentally wipes out the Team GB star and is knocked out, then receives lengthy treatment on the track before being stretchered away

  • Katy Marchant’s hopes of qualifying for the women’s keirin semis are over
  • The Team GB athlete was wiped out by Dutch rider Laurine van Riessen
  • Van Riessen appeared to clip a wheel in front, causing her to take out Marchant
  • Dutch rider received lengthy treatment before being taken away on a stretcher
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Katy Marchant’s hopes in the women’s keirin were ended in cruel fashion as she was caught in a crash through no fault of her own in the quarter-finals.

Marchant, who looked strong in Wednesday’s opening races despite suffering one relegation, was taken out when Dutch rider Laurine van Riessen appeared to clip a wheel in front and swung up the bank to take the Team GB star out of the race.

The Dutch rider was knocked unconscious as a result of the crash, leaving her to received immediate treatment at the track side before being taken away on a stretcher.

Katy Marchant is taken out of the women’s keirin by Dutch rider keirin Laurine van Riessen

Van Riessen appeared to clip a wheel in front and swung up to take Marchant out of the race

Van Riessen (left) lays injured on the floor while Marchant manages to get back to her feet

Marchant got back on her bike to finish the race but already knew she could not advance, with only the top four going through and no second chances at this stage of the competition.

‘My legs felt good, I felt I was coming at the right time,’ said Marchant. ‘But I was in the wrong place at the wrong time I guess. That’s bike racing.

‘I’m not really sure what happened. I was so focused on moving forward. I’m not sure if she clipped somebody’s wheel at the side or she fell but her wheels took out mine.’

The 28-year-old must now refocus ahead of the individual sprint, in which she took bronze in Rio five years ago, with the competition due to start on Friday.

‘I think I’m alright,’ she said when asked if there was any lasting damage. 

The Dutch rider was knocked out and needed lengthy treatment at the side of the track

Van Riessen is taken away on a stretcher following her high-impact crash on Thursday

The 33-year-old was knocked unconscious after violently veering into Marchant’s path

‘There’s a bit of blood but I think I’m alright.’

After three laps of racing in formation, Marchant was still in the hunt of securing qualification to the semi-finals but had plenty of work to do.

As the riders bunched up and the sprint at full speed on the final lap, Van Riessen was surrounded before the incident occured, leaving both her and Marchant on the deck.

The violent collision knocked Van Riessen out, which saw the 33-year-old require urgent treatment from medical staff inside the velodrome.




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