BMX Olympic champion Connor Fields to be released from hospital

The American sustained a head injury after crashing during the men's BMX semi-finals at Tokyo 2020 and has spent the last six days at the St. Lukes International Hospital in Tokyo.

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Rio 2016 BMX racing gold medallist Connor Fields suffered a major crash in the third round of the Olympic men's race semi-final. He had to be stretchered off the course and was taken to hospital.

But after spending six nights at the St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo, the rider will be released on Thursday (5 August):

"He will now return home to be with his friends and family in Henderson, Nevada, and start his rehabilitation," USA Cycling confirmed in a statement.

The 28-year-old American was involved in a crash with Twan van Gendt of the Netherlands and Sylvain Andre of France. He was treated my medical staff at the Ariake Urban Sports Park track before being taken away by an ambulance.

Fields was in second position on the first 180 corner when he appeared to catch the back wheel of leader Romain Mathieu, fell heavily to the ground and was run over by the other two riders.

Despite having qualified for the final, the incident meant that he was unable to defend his title. The race was won by Niek Kimmann from the Netherlands.

In the previous days Connor's mother Lisa Fields confirmed on Facebook that tests at the hospital didn't show any internal bleeding or spinal injury, but a 'head injury with brain bleed' was revealed.

The woman added that her son was "transferred from ICU critical care to high-level care and doesn't require surgery at this time."

Most recently she announced she was able to see and speak with Connor on FaceTime and that his flight home was booked for Friday 6 August.

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