There were only four more runs: the small and big finals for the men and the women. First the women’s small final took place, the ran for the 5-8th places. By the time they got to my position, Australian rider Sarsha Huntington let the field.
When she started the last jump of the section, everything seemed to be fine. The landing, however, didn’t happen as she probably planned it. I am reluctant to call this luck as she clearly hurt herself badly in the accident but I happened to be in the right place in the right time. Here is the chronicle of her crash.
At this point, it seemed all was well…
… the landing, however, wasn’t that smooth.
Things were happening fast, but at this point, it became apparent that she’s going to crash…
… her left leg got stuck on the bike when she hit the ground.
She was really lucky, as her head was missed by milimeters by fellow rider, Lucia Oetjen.
Though 4X crashes look horrible, most of the time riders emerge unscathed. Not this time, unfortunately, Huntington remained on the ground in agony.
As soon as the organizers saw that something was wrong, help was immediately there. After assessing her situation, they called for a stretcher and took her off from the course in one. Get well soon!