Team GB’s Katie Marchant in horror crash as Olympic rival Van Riessen smashes into her and is carried off on stretcher

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KATY MARCHANT’S keirin hopes crashed and burned in spectacular fashion – after she was the innocent victim of a horror accident.

Marchant was getting ready to make her move on the penultimate lap when she was wiped out by Laurine van Riessen of Holland.

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Team GB star Katy Marchant was involved in a horror crash in the keirin[/caption]
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Dutch rider Laurine van Riessen was taken away on a stretcher after the smash[/caption]
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The Dutch rider might have been spooked by an apparent move by Hong Kong’s Sze Wai[/caption]
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But it was the Team GB rider who was the innocent victim when she was wiped out[/caption]

The Dutch rider might have been spooked by an apparent move by Hong Kong’s Sze Wai Lee but there was no real reason for her to go straight into Marchant.

Both riders crashed to the ground and while Marchant was able to remount, the Dutch woman was carted off on a stretcher.

Remarkably chipper, Marchant said: “I’m all right – it’s just not my day, is it?

“I’m not really sure what happened.

“They were fighting on the inside and suddenly Laurine came down in front of me.

“I had nowhere to go but that’s bike racing.

“I’m just a little bit battered and bruised but I’m all right.

“I’m fine for the sprint.”

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Both riders crashed to the ground and Van Riessen had to be carried away[/caption]

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