English cyclist Matt Walls seen in hospital with nasty looking bloody gash across forehead after horror crash into crowd

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CYCLIST Matt Walls escaped serious injury after crashing into the crowd at the London velodrome on Sunday.

Walls, 24, flew over the barriers and into spectators in the front row – leaving one fan bleeding.

Matt Walsh was in good spirits in hospital and avoided serious injury

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Matt Walsh was in good spirits in hospital and avoided serious injury
The Olympic champion crashed into the crowd during the last lap of the scratch race

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The Olympic champion crashed into the crowd during the last lap of the scratch raceCredit: EPA
Several riders were involved in the crash but only Walsh entered the stands

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Several riders were involved in the crash but only Walsh entered the standsCredit: Rex
Walsh was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries

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Walsh was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuriesCredit: Rex

The accident, which involved multiple riders, occurred during the final lap of the Commonwealth Games men’s 15km scratch race qualifying and medical teams immediately rushed to the scene.

Walls also ended up bloody and required stitches on his head after being rushed to hospital.

But the Olympic omnium champion was in good spirits and managed a big smile while he was in the treatment room.

Later on in the evening he tweeted: “Thank you everyone for the messages and support!

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“I’ve somehow come away with no serious injures just a few stitches and pretty banged up.

“I really hope everyone else involved is ok including the spectators that may have been injured

Two other riders – Canadian Derek Gee and Matt Bostock of the Isle of Man – were also taken to hospital while two spectators were treated on scene.

Neither of Walsh’s parents were in attendance for the race, with his father Larry revealing his wife Lorraine ran to the velodrome after the accident.

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He said: “I was watching the Games live on TV and Lorraine ran from hotel to velodrome after hearing about the crash.

“It was a horrible time but after 45 minutes, we heard Matt was conscious and Lorraine arrived at the velodrome and we could all relax.

“Lorraine and Matt’s girlfriend Fleur visited him in hospital and he was in good form and got checked out in the evening back to the hotel.”

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