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Niek Kimmann’s Tokyo Olympics got off to a brutal start this week.
The Dutch BMX rider plowed into a clueless official on the course during a training run Monday, and Kimmann and the man tumbled to the ground. (See the clip below.)
The collision somewhat recalled the recent Tour de France in which a sign-carrying spectator caused a major crash in the actual race.
“My knee is sore but will do my best to be ready for Thursday!” Kimmann tweeted.
So this is what happened today. 💣 Hit an official that wanted to cross the 2nd straight. Hope the official is O.K. My knee is sore, but will do my best to be ready for Thursday! Thanks everyone for the messages, appreciate it! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QOdJ2r0usT
— Niek Kimmann (@niekkimmann) July 26, 2021
Kimmann made good on his vow Thursday. He won two heats and finished second in another in the quarterfinals, he noted on Twitter.
He’s now getting ready for Friday’s semifinals.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.