Norfolk Olympic cycling hopeful Victoria Williamson suffers broken vertebrae and pelvis in competition crash

British cyclist Victoria Williamson. Photo: Steve Adams

British cyclist Victoria Williamson. Photo: Steve Adams

An Olympic hopeful's chances of making this year's Rio games have been put in severe doubt after she was involved in a serious crash while competing in Holland.

Victoria Williamson, who was raised in Hevingham, suffered a fractured pelvis and vertebrae, and a severe cut to her right side in the crash, which took place at the Rotterdam Six-Day on Saturday night.

The incident took place during a sprint heat, after Miss Williamson collided with Dutch rival Elis Ligtlee.

Surgeons have operated on the cut to her flank, with the 22-year-old also undergoing an MRI scan. She is set to remain in hospital in Rotterdam for the next few days.

Her father, Mark, said it was 'too early' to know if his daughter would recover in time for the Rio games, but that doctors were working hard to assess her condition.

'It's certainly done her prospects no good but there's no timeframe on the recovery period yet.

'They need a correct diagnosis but it's not looking good.

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'I've heard it can take 12 to 16 weeks for a cracked pelvis, but I'm more concerned about her neck injuries.

'Fortunately her legs are moving so there's no paralysis, but we were worried for a while there,' he said.

Mr Williamson added that there was no blame for the incident, saying: 'It's bike racing and they have hard collisions.'

Miss Williamson's mother, Tracey, and her boyfriend travelled to Rotterdam yesterday morning.

Great Britain Cycling Team sprint coach Justin Grace said: 'Victoria is being very well looked after here in Rotterdam and the well-wishes people have been sending her are very much appreciated.

'She gave us all a scare last night and while her injuries are serious they are not life-threatening.

'From a performance point of view this is another injury to deal with - Victoria has a long road to recovery ahead of her but her health is the highest priority for the whole team and we'll make sure she receives the best possible care.'

Miss Williamson was raised in Hevingham and now lives in Manchester.