Rio Olympics: dream over for Lesmurdie cyclist Melissa Hoskins

MELISSA Hoskins’ dream of bringing home an Olympic gold medal was crushed, despite brave attempts to recover from a training crash.

The Lesmurdie track cyclist was the most seriously injured when four of the women’s team pursuit riders came off their bikes in the Rio Velodrome last Monday.

Australia beat Italy to place fifth with a 4:21.23 ride on Saturday.

The team could only watch as Great Britain set a world record of 4:10.23 to beat the US in the final.

Hoskins (25) was in the team that won the world championship in France last year, with a 4:20.26 run over the 4000m course. In Rio, the battered team saw their world record broken twice by the Great Britain team.

The Aussie cyclists got off to a good start against the US in the rounds, but faded after Hoskins peeled off and the Americans picked up the pace.

Hoskins returned to the track for training less than 48 hours after she left hospital on crutches with a badly bruised hip.

Her teammates Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson had minor injuries, but Ashlee Ankudinoff’s shoulder injury kept her off the track.

Hoskins said the crash was unfortunate but the team was tough and deserved better luck.

n Hoskins is thrilled the State Government has committed to making her local training ground a world-class facility.

“This is awesome,” Hoskins said of the $2.52 million upgrade to Midvale SpeedDome in a social media post from the Rio athletes’ village.