Cooke still in Tokyo after Para crash

Cycling great Carol Cooke is still recovering in Tokyo after her crash at the Paralympic Games.
Cycling great Carol Cooke is still recovering in Tokyo after her crash at the Paralympic Games.

Australian cycling great Carol Cooke expects to be in Tokyo for another fortnight as she recovers from the punctured lung she suffered at the Paralympics.

The 60-year-old, a three-time Paralympics gold medallist, is out of hospital and staying at a Tokyo hotel.

She crashed during the T1-2 road race at the Games on September 2 and eventually had to pull out of the event.

Cooke, who has multiple scleroris, suffered plenty of bruises and grazes, as well as needing a chest drain for her lung puncture.

But the drain was removed on Thursday before her discharge from Juntendo University Hospital.

"I'm feeling pretty good although still sore - I guess that happens when you hit the ground at around 40km/h," she said in an Australian team statement.

"My skin is growing back and I will probably be here for at least two weeks to make sure the lining of my lung has healed before I can fly."

Cooke added a call will be made on her travel in a week's time, after she has another X-ray and her stitches are removed.

She has been overwhelmed by hundreds of messages of support on social media.

Cooke won a time-trial silver medal in Tokyo before her road race crash.

Meanwhile, swimmer Tom Gallagher is in hospital on the Gold Coast after he returned via Medevac on Tuesday.

Gallagher was hospitalised with acute pancreatitis after winning a relay bronze medal.

Also, there have been no positive COVID-19 tests among members of the Rollers men's wheelchair basketball team.

They had a scare after they played Iran on August 26 and one of the opposition players then tested positive.

Australian Associated Press