‘I can’t see’: Sprinter competes after cart crash on way to race

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A collision involving a cart carrying competitors to a 200-metre semi-final at the athletics world championships in Budapest sent glass shards into the eye of Jamaica’s Andrew Hudson, forcing him to race with blurred vision.

Footage shows the cart taking the athletes to a holding room near the track on Thursday night. An oncoming cart hits the athletes’ vehicle and a volunteer tumbles out.

The video shifts to inside the cart, where Hudson is pressing his fingers against his right eye. He was cleared to compete but, after finishing fifth, said he had blurry vision.

“I can’t see out of my right eye, but I’m OK,” he said after the race. “The doctor flushed out some shards of glass.”

World Athletics said Hudson had been cleared to race and the volunteer was “fine”. Later, Hudson was moved into Friday’s final due to a referee’s decision.

This is the first world championships for the 26-year-old, who is ranked 11th in the world.

Andrew Hudson inspects his injured eye after his 200m semi in Budapest.Credit: AP

“I did the best I could do,” he said after finishing in 20.38 seconds. “I was sitting in the middle of the room for like 20 minutes, trying to have a decision if I was going to compete or not. I worked hard to be here. And even under the circumstances, everybody has hurdles in life. If I can run I’m going to try my best. So I tried.”

American Noah Lyles won the race in 19.76 to make the final, where he will try to defend his title and add it to his 100m triumph earlier this week. Alexander Ogando of the Dominican Republic finished second.

The scare outside the track overshadowed most of the news inside it.

The highlight was a victory for 400m hurdler Femke Bol, a feelgood comeback after her fall at the end of the 4×400 mixed relay on the opening night cost the Netherlands a medal.

In the 100m hurdles, Jamaica’s Danielle Williams beat Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn by 0.01 to capture gold. Keni Harrison of the US took bronze.

Canada’s Camryn Rogers won the hammer throw ahead of two Americans – Janee Kassanavoid and 2019 world champion DeAnna Price.

Antonio Watson won the 400m in 44.22 seconds to make it two gold medals for Jamaica.

But the Jamaican on everyone’s mind was Hudson, who was on what should have been the most routine part of his day – the ride in the golf cart to the track – when things unravelled.

The race was supposed to be the first of three semi-finals, but it got pushed back to the end for a delay of about 30 minutes.

“It was a big fright,” said Tarsis Orogot, who finished third. “We’re not paying attention. We were all just locked in and then out of nowhere, someone shoved into us.”

All Hudson could do was line up and go. He said he planned to return to the medical tent to assess the damage. He’ll be in the gold-medal race Friday – if he is fit enough.

“I don’t know what happened. It’s a blur, literally,” Hudson said. “The race was a blur. My eyesight is a blur. I’m going to go make sure my eyesight is OK.”


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