Rio 2016 Olympics accidents: Australian cycler Mel Hoskins injures hip during training

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2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Preliminary - Team training - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 08/08/2016. Australia (AUS) women's team member Melissa Hoskins is aided after a crash during a practice session. REUTERS/Paul Hanna Reuters/Paul Hanna

The Australian delegation got its share of accidents in the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics when track cyclist was injured during training. Mel Hoskins hurt her hips after a group fall following a high-speed crash.

However, reports say that Hoskins has been cleared of serious injuries after the accident. Four of five riders fell off their bikes after they hit the boards on turn three. Besides Hoskins, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker and Amy Cure took a spill. Only Annette Edmondson did not fall.

But Hoskins, who was grimacing in pain due to the hip injury as she was carried on a stretcher from the velodrome boards, says she would still compete. At that time of the accident, Kevin Tabotta, Cyclones boss, said he could not guarantee Hoskins would recover to compete. Australia has good chances of winning the gold in the event.

Sydney Morning Herald reports that the accident was caused by the wheel of one rider which clipped in another’s wheel in the formation. The three other riders who fell had track burns and bruises.

Hoskins, who was released from the hospital, says nothing was broken. She says the accident is a setback, but the team has four days before qualifying and one day before the semifinals and finals on Saturday. On Monday afternoon, the team had a two-hour practice at the velodrome.

VIDEO: Australian’s cyclist badly injured during training

Source: BBC Sports News