Australia's men's cycling squad pursuit has been rocked by a freak accident aft Alex Porter's handlebars snapped disconnected his motorcycle mid-race, sending him crashing face-first into the velodrome.
Porter mislaid immoderate tegument disconnected his look arsenic helium yet glided to a halt connected the polished wood astatine Izu Velodrome earlier miraculously dusting himself disconnected and walking from the arena.
The Aussie was caught by cameras muttering to himself successful vexation implicit the mechanical error, arsenic the remainder of his teammates rode on.
The Australian squad were yet offered a re-ride by officials, with Porter suiting up again and climbing backmost connected his motorcycle astir 30-minutes later.
At the clip of the crash, Porter was astatine the backmost of the four-man team, a 4th of the mode done the 4km race.
Australia was regarded arsenic 1 of the favourites up of the lawsuit but yet ended up qualifying fifth-fastest, down Denmark, Italy, New Zealand and Great Britain. They volition miss retired connected a accidental to contention a medal.
Porter was reportedly seen successful tears aft the 2nd race.
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