Australia’s elite men’s national champion Izaac Kennedy has won bronze in the seventh round of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Rock Hill, USA.
Making it into his first ever world cup final, the Logan City rider was one to watch as he got out of the gate and was sitting fourth into the first berm.
With pure adrenaline and a cleaner technique, Kennedy passed a rider to take third place and hold on to the spot to finish with bronze.
Emotions were running high as the 18-year old reflected on his first world cup podium.
“I’m so stoked,” an exhausted Kennedy said.
“My lap was pretty good and to be honest I don’t remember too much. I remember getting out of the gate and then crossing the finish line third. I’m just so pumped and happy.”
There was sheer commitment all day in Kennedy’s racing, as he picked up a first place in round 1, a second in the 1/16 finals and 1/8 finals, before grabbing a third-place finish in the semis.
Finishing ahead of Kennedy on the podium was USA’s national champion Corben Sharrah in first, and the Rio Olympic gold medallist Connor Fields in second.
On the women’s stage, Tokyo Olympic hopeful Saya Sakakibara showed a clean set of heels to make it to the final but couldn’t get a podium finish, landing fifth.
“I ticked off a lot of mental achievements today and it was a really tough field out there, but I was really happy to come away with the fifth,” Sakakibara said.
The women’s podium was led by Dutch powerhouse Laura Smulders, Russia’s Natalia Afremova and world no.1 Alise Willoughby.
In other results, WA’s Olympian Lauren Reynolds was unlucky to be caught behind a crash on the first straight in the semi-finals ruling her out of the world cup final.
Victoria’s Max Cairns will take a lot of confidence away from his world cup performance, making it through to the quarter finals before he ended his day there in fifth.
It was another missed opportunity for Rio Olympic finalist Anthony Dean, who was looking on track for another world cup final, but disaster struck on the pro straight of his 1/8 final as he unclipped, came off his bike, and flew through the air to halt his round seven campaign there. Dean was thankfully up and walking immediately after his injury.
Another Tokyo Olympic hopeful, Kai Sakakibara will be looking forward to round eight after he too came down in the 1/8 final.
The Australian contingent now prepares for round eight, which is expected to start at 10am AEST on Sunday, September 15.
Full Australian Results from Rock Hill Rd7: (Including Overall Place)
Watch the action from round seven below.