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Frightening details have emerged about the injuries that American BMX competitor Connor Fields suffered as a result of Friday's horror accident at the Olympic Games on Friday.
Fields was rushed to hospital after suffering a terrifying fall during the semi-finals in Tokyo.
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The 28-year-old's team confirmed that he had suffered bleeding of the brain but has been taken out of intensive care and will not have to undergo surgery.
He also reportedly suffered a broken rib and a bruised lung in the scary incident.
Fields went down hard in a first-corner crash during the semi-final runs and was treated by the side of the circuit before being rushed to Tokyo's St. Luke's International Hospital.
"The doctors reported that Fields sustained a brain hemorrhage at the venue," USA Cycling said on Saturday.
"After a night in the ICU, the doctors are pleased to report that there has been no additional bleeding, and no new injuries were found. Fields has been moved out of the critical care unit and will remain in the hospital until cleared."
Earlier, Connor's mother, Lisa Fields, thanked followers in a Facebook post for their "companionship and concern and prayers" for her son who won the Olympic title in Rio.
"Latest CT scan shows no additional brain injury and no additional bleeding so he has been transferred from ICU critical care to high level care and does not require surgery at this time," she wrote.
Talking to USA Today, his father Mike said: "Cognitively, he's doing well. He knows where he is. He knows his birthday. He recognises people."
Fields, one of the big favourites for gold in Tokyo, had already qualified for the final before suffering the horrible fall.
Australian rider Saya Sakakibara was also at the centre of a horrific crash minutes after Fields went down.
Saya Sakakibara breaks down after race
Saya had just lost the lead in the third race to American Alise Willoughby when they went down together.
Her older brother Kai continues to recover from a traumatic brain injury after crashing at a World Cup BMX race in February last year.
He is in Tokyo with his mother and grandmother to be part of the Paralympic torch relay, but was not at the track on Friday because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Willoughby is the wife of Australian BMX star Sam.
He was paralysed from the waist down after a training crash soon after the Rio Olympics.
The 2012 London silver medallist was trackside and consoled his wife, the Rio silver medallist, after she finished last in her semi-final heat.
Had Sakakibara finished her last semi-final race, she would have made the final.
Fortunately, Sakakibara managed to escape serious injury and expressed her devastation to Channel 7 a short time later during a heartbreaking interview.
"I honestly — I don’t really know what happened, but I know that I was riding really well,” she told Channel 7.
“My starts were going really well. I came down with Alise who caught up with me, we came down together. That’s all I remember."
An emotional Sakakibara then broke down in confronting scenes.
“This is so disappointing," she said.
"I feel like I have let everyone down and I let everyone down especially my brother.”
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