It was another successful day in Rock Hill for Team Australia. The 5-12yrs riders added another four medals to our overall tally. Team Australia now sits in third place on the 2017 UCI BMX World Championship leader board, behind the USA and Columbia.
Bailey Mills from Bayside BMX club was lucky to scrape through to the finals after a tricky semi-final race.
“I was pretty nervous but I was happy with the result. I had lane six in my semi and came fourth, I nearly went out”, Mills said.
Mills recovered in fine form to finish second in the 9yrs boy’s – the same result he had last year. Sister Sacha just missed out on a podium spot, finishing fourth in the 11yrs girl’s.
Joining Mills on the podium in the 9yrs boy’s event was Geelong BMX club’s Cameron Gatt who nabbed third.
“It felt good just getting back from my injury, breaking my collarbone last year. I was ready to redeem myself trying to get W1 but I just hit the gate in the final. I had second pick and chose lane two.”
Reigning national champion, Sophia Preston, came from gate seven in the 8yrs girl’s to secure #W2.
Cairns BMX club rider, Portia Eden, was unable to defend her #W1 plate from Columbia but still managed to come home strongly for a third-place finish in the 11yrs girl’s.
Like Gatt, Eden hit the gate in the final after winning all laps throughout the earlier parts of the day.
“I hit the gate, unfortunately. I managed to keep it up and pedalled my heart out. I knew the berms were my chance to pass people so I just went underneath them and pedalled.”
“I knew if I just stayed calm and I knew if anything went wrong I could still push it to the limit and I did that.”
Other Aussies to ride their way to a world plate included, Isla Basa (seventh in the 8yrs girls) and Harley Bradshaw (fourth in 5-6yrs boy’s), while we had six riders eliminated in the semi finals of their respective events.
Congratulations to all of the 5-11 boy’s and 5-12 girl’s from Team Australia who competed in Day 2 action.
The Day 3 LIVE STREAM will begin tonight at 10.00pm AEST featuring all 12-16 Boy’s and 13-16 Girl’s.