Mark Cavendish: Olympics omnium crash was my fault

South Korea's Park Sanghoon is stretchered off after crashing during the men's omnium points race.

Story highlights

  • Italy's Elia Viviani wins cycling gold
  • Viviani recovers from crash in men's omnium
  • South Korean taken away on stretcher
  • Britain's Mark Cavendish takes silver

(CNN)Mark Cavendish held his hands up and took the blame Monday after a collision with Sanghoon Park led to the South Korean cyclist being thrust from his bike and taken away on a stretcher.

Cavendish emerged unscathed during the final event of the men's omnium at Rio 2016, but Park tumbled down the track, taking out eventual Olympic champion Elia Viviani and Australia's Glenn O'Shea.
"It was my fault, I should have been looking more," silver medalist Cavendish told reporters. "I hope he's all right. I apologized to Elia after he went down."
    Park was attended to by medics, put on oxygen and rushed out of the arena as his fellow riders continued on the fifth and final event of the two-day competition -- the 40 km points race.
    He suffered a mild contusion and released from hospital after being examined by doctors.
    While the crash brought a premature ending to the evening for Park, leader Viviani got back on his bike and claimed gold.
    He finished ahead of Great Britain's Cavendish and Denmark's 2012 Olympic champion Lasse Norman.
    Viviani  recovered from a crash to win the men's omnium.
    But Viviani, who rides for Cavendish's former employer, Britain's Team Sky, was adamant that the road racing sprint specialist was not responsible for the crash that could have wrecked his Olympic dream.
    "No. It's not his fault," the Italian told reporters.
    "The Korean guy was halfway on his wheel to the right -- normally you stay on the wheel.
    "Cav was in the front and changed direction so it's all normal. It's a normal crash on the track.
    O'Shea and Viviani were knocked to the grown following a collision.
    "For sure it was a bad moment in the race. When I saw the Korean guy in front of me go down I thought, 'No chance. I'm going down.'
    "My body was OK, I got back on the bike. My adrenaline went up so I was really ready.
    "I saw the screen, I saw I was the leader of the omnium and I couldn't think."