Letizia Paternoster in the EM elimination drive, shortly afterwards she fell badly
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According to the national association, Italian Letizia Paternoster, who was injured in a serious mass fall at the European Track Cycling Championships in Munich, will not suffer any permanent damage.
The 23-year-old world champion suffered a traumatic brain injury and broke her right collarbone, Italy's cycling federation said.
The athlete was always conscious, but could not remember the accident, "which is normal in such a case," the message said.
She spent the night in the hospital.
"I'm trying to smile and think about the big goals I have ahead of me," Paternoster wrote on Instagram on Sunday, alongside a selfie from the bedside.
Her collarbone was broken in three places, she reported.
"I will be back soon."
Paternoster fell along with four competitors on Saturday during the elimination race.
The accident happened in the steep corner after the home straight, where the drivers collided with each other.
While the four other athletes were able to get up again after a short treatment, the world champion in this discipline received medical treatment behind a screen for a long time.
The 23-year-old was put on a neck brace.
She was then taken out of the hall on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
Shortening the length of the lap caused discussions in advance
The race was interrupted for first aid and track repairs.
Previously, there had already been a crash involving several people in the same race.
However, this went smoothly.
All drivers were able to leave the wooden oval independently.
Ireland's Alice Sharpe was involved in both crashes but restarted on both restarts.
The shortening of the lap length on the EM track in Munich from the usual 250 meters to 200 meters was not the cause of the accident for two-time track cycling Olympic champion Kristina Vogel.
"The fall would have looked the same on any other track, it wasn't characteristic of this track," said Vogel: "It was characteristic of such an elimination race." At the same time, she praised the organizers: "You can see how quickly they reacted and there were."
Vogel had previously expressed her skepticism about the Munich wooden oval and feared falls in disciplines such as two-person driving or the keirin.