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Olympic kilometre and world team sprint champion Chris Hoy is nursing some uncomfortable injuries after a high-speed crash during his final day of 'studies' at the Keirin school in Japan. Hoy hit a fallen rider when travelling at 65kph and hit the track very hard himself. The Scot suffered heavy bruising and numerous grazes, as a well as shattering his motorcycle-style helmet and destroying his Terry Dolan-built track bike.
Hoy is in Japan to take part in that country's lucrative Keirin events, but has had to attend a Keirin school before being able to compete. The 28 year old has already passed a written test and a practical exam, which included stripping and rebuilding his bike. He has also performed well in practice races.
However, his progress was set back in the last race of Saturday's 'schooling', when he went down and had to be taken to hospital. Writing on Hoy's website, his father, David, said: "The track is treated with a non-slip surface similar to that used in Britain at traffic lights and accident hot-spots. Instead of sliding to a halt, Chris stopped in just two bounces, taking the full impact of the crash on his hip and elbow.
"He was taken to the local hospital for x-ray and examination. Luckily, there is nothing broken and he was allowed back to the hotel after a couple of hours. He has lost remarkably little skin but has some fairly deep bruising to work off over the next few days."
Merseyside-based framebuilder Dolan has been working on a replacement frame, which is expected to be couriered to Japan today (Monday). Despite the crash, Hoy expects to be able to compete in the first race of his season on Friday in the Kawasaki Velodrome, just outside Tokyo.