Noah Lyles involved in golf buggy crash on way to World Athletics Championship 200m semi-final

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Newly crowned 100metre champion Noah Lyles was involved in a golf buggy crash on his way to his 200m semi-final in Budapest on Thursday night.

Two buggies collided driving to the stadium, with one volunteer thrown out of one of the vehicles as a result of the crash.

Andrew Hudson was injured in the collision and ended up running with shards of glass in his right eye and needed medical treatment afterwards. But he had previously been given the all clear to run.

Afterwards, the Jamaican national champion said: “The race was a blur, my eyesight is a blur. I am going to make sure my eyesight is okay. I’m just trying to get glass out of my eye. I went back to the medical and the doctor said I had some shards of glass in my eye.

“World Athletics asked me if I was going to run or not. It was kind of run or lose my spot. And I’ve worked too hard to be here. That’s why I tried.”

All eight athletes involved in the opening semi-final of the 200m were on board one of the buggies. As a result of the crash, Lyles’ heat did not go ahead as planned at 19.20 BST.

The semi-final started 20 minutes later with Lyles winning with ease and Hudson initially failing to make the final after finishing fifth. But he was given a spot in the final after being disrupted in the accident.

In a statement, World Athletics said: “The 200m heats reorder was due to the collision of two golf carts. One athlete and a volunteer were assessed, and the athlete cleared to participate. He will compete in the last heat.”