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Tokyo Olympics: American BMX racer Connor Fields suffered a BRAIN HAEMORRHAGE in horror crash

American BMX racer Connor Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage after a horror crash in Thursday's Olympic semi-final.

The 28-year-old won gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics and was favourite to defend his title but went over this handlebars and fell face-first into the asphalt, taking two other competitors down with him.

Fields had to be carried away from the course on a stretcher and in a neck brace after receiving medical attention for several minutes.

American racer Connor Fields suffered a brain haemorrhage during a horror crash in Thursday's BMX semi-final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo

Fields, 28, had to be carried off on a stretcher with a neck brace but has now been moved out of intensive care in hospital as he recovers from his injuries

Fields was one of the favourites to take gold having won the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics 

He has now been moved out of the critical care unit at a Tokyo hospital after doctors found no evidence of additional bleeding on the brain.

His father Mike Fields told USA Today: 'There's a bit of fluid on his brain, but it has not increased for the last 24 hours, so they're feeling good about that. So far the results seem pretty positive.

'Cognitively, he's doing well. He knows where he is. He knows his birthday. He recognises people.'

He added that Fields also suffered a broken rib and bruised lung in the crash and underwent CT scans on his brain, spine and abdomen while in hospital.

Fields made a quick start and was in second position in the heat when the crash happened 

Fields (right), from Texas, is the defending champion and became Team USA's first BMX rider to win gold at the 2016 Rio Games

Fields was in second position in the third and final heat of the semi-final, having already qualified for the final, when he appeared to catch the wheel of the leader, France's Romain Mahieu, causing the crash. 

A USA Cycling statement said: 'Doctors report there has been no additional bleeding and no new injuries found.

'Fields has been moved out of the critical care unit and will remain in the hospital until cleared.'

Fields is carried away to hospital on a stretcher after suffering the horror crash on Thursday 

Niek Kimmann (centre), of Holland, who suffered his own crash during training in the days prior to the event, won gold. Britain's Kye Whyte (left) took silver and Carlos Ramirez Yepes (right) walked away with bronze

Team Netherlands' Niek Kimmann, who suffered his own crash during training in the days prior to the event, won gold in the final. Team GB's Kye Whyte took silver and Carlos Ramirez Yepes walked away with bronze. 

When asked about Fields's crash, Kimmann said: 'I haven't seen the crash, but I hope he's OK. He's been a great ambassador for the sport. For me it's sad he wasn't able to defend his gold medal.' 

Fields' crash was followed minutes later by another serious accident in the women's semi-finals. Australia's Saya Sakakibara needed medical attention on the track after getting hit from behind in the third run. 

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