‘I thought my dream was over’: BMX racer who crashed after official walked onto course wins Tokyo Olympic gold

After being seen by doctors and undergoing an MRI scan, Niek Kimmann was untouchable in the final races

Niek Kimmann win Olympic gold
Niek Kimmann win Olympic gold
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The BMX racer who was knocked off his bike by an official made a remarkable comeback to win gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Dutchman Niek Kimmann hit the headlines earlier this week after he was involved in an crash with an Olympic worker during a practice session on the BMX track at the Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.