South America's rail elite is currently looking for their champions in Santiago de Chile. A serious accident occurred in the women's team sprint on the opening day.
The Chilean Irene Aravena missed the red flag of the judges in the slipstream of her partner Estefania Ñúñez. They had recognized a false start in the race against the team from Brazil and therefore stopped the run. However, the judges refrained from removing the starting gates from the track: with fatal consequences. Aravena collided with one of the abandoned gates at full speed. The Chilean injured herself loudly in the fall, which also broke her bike sportslashlife.com on the kneecap so badly that she had to be taken to a hospital immediately and operated on.
The railway in Santiago was only opened last winter. The South American track championships are the first major competition on the oval.