Willers through to BMX semis, Pickard out

New Zealand's Marc Willers is through to the semi-finals of the BMX at the London Olympics, but his colleague Kurt Pickard missed out after a horror crash.

Willers qualified as one of the top two riders from his eight-man quarter-final heat after three races at the BMX track in Olympic Park on Thursday.

A renowned fast starter, Willers won his first race after getting to the first bend in front as all seven other riders crashed behind him.

He led for most of the second race before being pipped at the line by French world No.3 Joris Daudet, still putting him in front on points after two races.

He again got to the first turn ahead in race three and this time held on from Daudet, ensuring he qualified.

Pickard lay second after two races with a fifth and a third and looked good for a semi-final spot.

But in his third race he was hit in mid-air by Ecuadorian rider Emilio Andres Falla Buchely at the botom of the first straight, landing heavily and hand to be helped from the track.

Injuries to his ankles and side prevented him from racing in the final two races of the quarter-finals leaving hime with no chance of making the semi-finals.