'Scary scenes': Tokyo Olympics rocked by 'horrific' crashes in BMX

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Connor Fields, pictured here being taken away on a stretcher after the awful crash at the Olympics.
Connor Fields was taken away on a stretcher after the awful crash. Image: Twitter

The Tokyo Olympics has been rocked by scary scenes in the BMX with Connor Fields and Saya Sakakibara suffering horror crashes within minutes of each other.

Reigning Olympic BMX gold medallist Fields was rushed to hospital following a shocking crash at the Tokyo Games on Friday.

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The American was carried off on a stretcher after crashing in the third qualifying heat on Friday.

Fields was fourth after his opening two heats and landed hard off a jump heading into the first turn in the second heat. 

The 28-year-old from Las Vegas slammed into the turn and lay on the track as medical personnel rushed out to help him.

Fields was attended to for several minutes before being carried away on a stretcher. 

He was then loaded into an ambulance and transported to hospital.

Fields had qualified for the finals, but will not be able to race.

There was then more carnage when Australian rider Sakakibara went down just minutes later.

Sakakibara is racing for her brother Kai, who was seriously injured in a crash last year.

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Fields became the first American to win BMX gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and was a favourite to win it again in Tokyo.

Fans and commentators were left holding their breath for Fields and Sakakibara.

with Associated Press

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