Commonwealth Games fans warned after spectator drops mobile phone on velodrome track during race

Incident happened during team pursuit heat on opening day of competition at Anna Meares Velodrome


Fans attending track cycling events at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia have been warned to hold onto their mobile phones after a spectator dropped one onto the track during a race.

The incident happened during the first session of the opening day of competition at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane, Queensland, reports AFP.

The mobile phone was dropped during a heat of the mens’ team pursuit, where riders can reach speeds in excess of 60 kilometres an hour.

Fortunately, the dropped phone did not cause a crash, but the episode prompted a warning from the announcer at the packed venue.

He told spectators, "Please be careful, a mobile phone has just been dropped onto the track," adding that it could have caused a "major accident" had one of the riders struck it.

BBC Sport is currently showing the first evening session at the velodrome, which will see six gold medals decided.

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