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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwis finish fourth in men’s group interest after crash in bronze decoration race

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwis finish fourth in men's group interest after crash in bronze decoration race

An arresting race for the bronze award in the men’s group interest between New Zealand and Australia turned empty on the track of the Izu Velodrome, with the Kiwis losing a rider to an accident inside the last 1700m of the 4000m race.

Riding on the rear of the group of four, Aaron Gate got his wheel on the underside of the rider before him, then, at that point hit the deck as he attempted to address his position while Regan Gough stripped off the front to leave the race – as one part does late in the piece in the group pursuit. At that point, the Kiwis held a thin lead heading into what was turning out to be an unglued finish.

Full Kiwi plan underneath. Snap on a name to see competitor’s profile, forthcoming occasions, past Games execution and decoration chance.The crash left the New Zealanders in confusion, with the rider who stripped off the front unfit to get on the wheel of the other two colleagues still in the race. The two lead riders paused for a minute to see, and ultimately, the Kiwis were riding without anyone else.

The Australian group got the back New Zealand rider inside the last 400m to cover the Kiwis, which stopped the race and saw Australia guarantee the bronze.

The New Zealand group were riding at about 67km/h when Gate went down, and there was a noisy bang as he seemed to hit his head against the skewed mass of the velodrome.

Door had the option to leave the accident yet supported apparent consumes to his hands and right shoulder from sliding across the velodrome floor, with the blend of the great speed and hard floor causing his skin suit to tear. As he left get-togethers race, Gate went to the camera and mouthed “sorry”.

The men’s group interest was the first of three occasions Gate was entered in during the Tokyo Olympics, with the omnium – an occasion comprised of four spearate races – and madison perseverance race still on his plan.

“He’s strolling,” Gough disclosed to Sky Sport of Gate’s condition after the accident. “He has a really all out race schedule in the a few days so fingers crossed he’s all acceptable.

“It couldn’t have occurred at a more regrettable time. I was doing what you call a self destruction turn and leaving, discharged all that I had then launched out, then, at that point you hear a person crash and need to proceed, in a real sense the most noticeably awful thing might have occurred.”

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