Horror Commonwealth Games crash sees cyclist knocked out cold hitting the deck
The Keirin semi-finals were struck by tragedy on the second day of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after England's Joe Truman was involved in a nightmare crash.
The cycling prospect was knocked unconscious and immediately sent to hospital after a crash with Australia's Matthew Glaetzer sent the Briton flying. The atmosphere at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London grew dark in the moments after Truman came off his bike and appeared to thud his head against the floor.
Glaetzer seemed to make slight contact with New Zealand's Sam Webster just in front of him, causing the Adelaide native to come off his bike. Truman, 25, was helpless but to go over his rival at such short notice.
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The contact sent the Petersfield prospect flying, and the resulting crash resulted in debris from his helmet and several bikes being sprawled across the track. It quickly became clear Truman had lost consciousness as he skidded face-down, without much obvious attempt to halt his movement.
While Glaetzer returned to his feet rather swiftly, it was considerably longer before Truman came to his senses. The star eventually managed to sit upright before being helped into a wheelchair and escorted out of the arena.
Reports soon emerged suggesting the Brit suffered a suspected broke collarbone in the crash. The right side of Truman's skinsuit was covered in dirt after taking the brunt of the impact, while he was also fed oxygen after coming to.
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Having been part of the English team that claimed silver in the team sprint on the Gold Coast four years ago, Truman may struggle to add to his Commonwealth medal haul in the near future. However, Scotland's Jack Carlin did add another silver to his record after also finishing second in the 2018 sprint.
Both Truman and Glaetzer failed to advance to the final following their clash, and the gold was eventually won by Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago. Paul became not only his country's first champion in the Keirin, but the first gold medallist from any Caribbean nation.
Fans took to social media en masse to wish Truman well in his recovery following such a horrific fall. He'll hope to be back on the saddle soon as he looks to challenge for a spot in the team that travels to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
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