Laura Kenny calls for improved safety measures after crash involving multiple pilots
Five-time Olympic cycling champion Laura Kenny has urged organizers to put up bigger barriers at velodromes after an accident involving England’s Matt Walls at the Commonwealth Games.
Tokyo Games gold medalist Walls and two other cyclists were taken to hospital after crashing during the second round of the men’s scratch race at Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday.
Spectators were also injured after Walls and his bike went over the top of the barriers at one corner of the track. Walls was treated by paramedics for 40 minutes before leaving in an ambulance, but escaped without serious injury.
“I think crashes get worse and that’s because the speeds go up, the positions get more extreme,” Kenny said, after finishing 13th in the points race.
“At one point, the UCI [International Cycling Union] will have to cap these positions. Maybe there should be screens because Matt shouldn’t have been able to go above and into the crowd – it’s damn dangerous.”
Kenny, 30, added that the accident left her unsure if she should compete in her ordeal. She had consulted her husband Jason, Britain’s most decorated Olympian, following the incident.
“It was going through my head earlier, I texted Jason and said, ‘I’m not even sure I want to do this.’ It puts everything into perspective when something like this happens.”
The crash was the second major incident in cycling at the Games after England’s Joe Truman suffered a broken collarbone on Saturday.