100m world champion Noah Lyles was involved in a buggy collision ahead of the 200m semifinal at the World Athletics Championships 2023. The athlete was on his way to the stadium for the semifinal clash on Thursday, August 24, when the collision took place. During it, two buggies collided with each other, and one of the volunteers was thrown out of the vehicles as a result.
After the accident, the Jamaican athlete Andrew Hudson was left with shards of glass in his eyes and required 20 minutes of medical supervision. After undergoing medical proceedings, Hudson was given a green flag to participate in the race. The 26-year-old ran with blur vision but failed to qualify for the final slated to happen on August 25, Friday.
However, after appealing to the officials, the World Athletics allowed him to compete in the summit clash. The Jamaican racer told reporters “I went back to medical, the doctor said I had some shards of glass in my eye. He tried to flush out as best as possible. World Athletics asked me if I was going to run or not. It was kind of, run or lose my spot. I worked so hard to be here, so I thought I would at least try. And I tried.”
Notably, the 200m semifinal was won by the USA’s Noah Lyles, who was coming on the back of 100m win. Lyles was followed by American Erriyon Knighton, and Britain’s Zharnel Hughes stood third.