Fri, September 20, 2013

Canadian BMX rider crashes out

By BOB MACKIN, Special to QMI Agency


Canada's Tory Nyhaug races in his heat during BMX quarter finals during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, England August 9, 2012. Dave Abel/QMI Agency


LONDON - Durable New Westminster, B.C. BMX cyclist Tory Nyhaug crashed in the second of five runs Thursday, eliminating him from the Olympic meet.

Nyhaug, 20, was fifth in his heats, just behind the fourth qualifier Rihards Veide of Latvia.

Nyhaug got back on his bike after the crash, but the time of just over one minute and three seconds ruined his average at the Velopark. He finished 20th among the 32-rider field, headed by Raymond van der Biezen of the Netherlands.

Nyhaug recovered quickly for the Olympics from a May 2012 crash at the BMX Supercross World Cup final in the Netherlands. There he ruptured his spleen a second time and had a hairline wrist fracture. Nyhaug was hospitalized three weeks and had to miss the BMX World Championships.

Nyhaug is no stranger to pain. He broke both arms at age 14, but returned to racing in 14 weeks.