Logan Martin has sent a message to his competitors and Australian Olympic selectors by winning the first ever BMX Freestyle world title at the 2017 UCI Urban World Championships in Chengdu, China on Sunday.
BMX Freestyle sees competitors performing a series of tricks during a number of runs on a ramp-laden course, with points awarded for difficulty, originality, style and execution. Martin and fellow Aussie Brandon Loupos came into the event highly favoured, and both started well to finish one-two in the semi-finals.
Unfortunately for Loupos a crash in his second run on Sunday caused a shoulder injury, which proved to be the setback that saw him finish up 10th overall.
However, the final day of competition could not have gone more to script for Martin, who landed point scores of 93-plus in both his runs, enough to claim the rainbow jersey. The result comes after he claimed the 2015 and 2016 World Series titles, as well as runner up in the 2017 season.
“It’s amazing to win the first one (rainbow jersey) on offer in the discipline,” said Martin.
“It wasn’t a bad season for me in 2017, I did get a lot of seconds, but to finish off the year here with a first at the world championship, it is unbelievable.”
“Every time I ride the event, it is based on consistency, they really crack down on putting a foot down or crashing, so my goal is to stay on my bike when I come into a contest and I did that today so I am stoked.
“For both my runs today, I did exactly what I planned to do. You can’t put those feelings into words when everything you plan and work hard for pays off like this.
“This is an insane feeling.”
The result also puts the Brisbane local front and centre of selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, thanks to BMX Freestyle being announced as a new Olympic sport earlier this year. Despite only being recently included, Martin is eager to get onto the main stage of the world’s largest multi-sport event.
“I can’t wait til Tokyo,” Martin added.
“I will certainly be putting in the work to hopefully be there in 2020.
“Like it was this week with the Australian team, it is such a great feeling to represent your country.”
All up Martin beat 92 competitors from 26 countries to the title. You can watch Martin and Loupos in their second run in the finals from 2:35.30 in the video below.