Patrice Sulpice French sprinter Patrice Sulpice, who crashed at high speed while training on the track at Bogota has, as reported earlier in this news service, suffered grave injuries including a fracture of the eighth vertebra involving compression of the spinal cord. French doctors' prognosis is far from optimistic, but not as categorical as that of the Colombian doctor quoted by news agencies who stated that Sulpice would never walk again. French team doctor Michel Provot says "the prognosis for future functioning of the lower limbs remains very uncertain". However, he says that he has hopes for a favourable outcome since "there are cases where once the spinal cord is completely freed it completely regains its functions. All I can say is that it is a matter of time, a long time." Patrice Sulpice will be repatriated to France Thursday where he will be taken into the care of Professor Saillant at La Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris. For, in the words of L'Equipe, "the longest race of his career".
* Harnett commented: "At the end of the day, this is only the qualifying round and I haven't won anything. It's like a tennis player who has the fastest serve in the world but that doesn't mean he's going to win Wimbledon." * Later today (Thursday) following the qualifiers, the men's sprint first round was postponed until tomorrow after it began raining at the velodrome.
Final: Germany (Jens Fiedler, Michael Hubner, Jan Van Eiden) (58.098) beat France (Herve Thuet, Benoit Vetu, Florian Rousseau) (58.335). 3rd place race: U.S. (Marty Nothstein, Erin Hartwell, William Clay) (59.289 seconds) beat Spain (Jose Moreno, Josep Escudero, Isaac Galvez) (59.941). ...or presented differently,
* Hubner rode a spectacular last leg for his team to come from behind to edge out France's Florian Rousseau in the last lap. * In the Olympic sprint, each team has three riders who take it in turns to lead the team.