Australia has won two gold medals on the third day of the UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina with both Thomas Tucker and Gian Renato claiming W1 plates.
Tucker once again demonstrated his dominance over the rest of his age group, claiming the 12yrs boy’s class to secure his sixth world title. Progressing throughout the day without dropping a race, Tucker’s performance in the final was a sight to see as the Pine Rivers BMX club rider finished with a staggering distance between himself and the rest of the competition.
“I chose gate four, just trying to get the best line into the first corner to make sure I was out front and then went as hard as I could,” Tucker said.
Tucker is definitely a rider to follow closely over the coming years. His speed, intelligence and overall work ethic could see him progress to become one of the country’s top future Olympic prospects.
“Leading into the week I trained as hard as I could, put everything in I had and it all worked out well.”
Securing his first world title was Shepperaton BMX club rider, Gian Renato. Renato showcased an impressive display of racing throughout the day and led the entire final all the way from the gates, sneaking out from lane one.
Other notable performances for the day from the boy’s categories included Jack Davis from Tamworth BMX club taking out #W4 and Corey Taylor from Woorree BMX Club following with #W6 in the 15yrs boy’s. Matthew Tidswell (16yrs boy’s) from The Cove BMX club also made a finals appearance and came home in seventh spot.
In what was our best female result for the day, Kira Hill from Nerang BMX club finished second in the 13yrs girl’s in an impressive performance after struggling throughout the week with the humidity in Rock Hill, like many other international riders.
“I was really nervous, I had first pick and I took lane three. I like the track. I’m not coping very well with this heat though, it’s really hot. I’ve been trying to drink lots of water,” Hill said.
The reigning world champion, Des’ree Barnes stormed her way to the 15yrs girl’s finals but was unable to recover from what seemed to be a problematic start at the gates. The Beenleigh BMX club rider came home in eighth position for what will surely be a disappointing end to the event for the national champ.
Fellow national champion Shannan Petre from Cairns BMX club didn’t quite get the result she was after in the 14yrs girl’s but still managed #W6, whilst Lorsyn Affoo came home strongly in the 16yrs girl’s to place fourth.
Congratulations to all of the 12-16 boy’s and 13-16 girl’s who represented Team Australia on Day 3.
You can view the LIVE STREAM of Day 4 tonight at 10.00pm AEST featuring – All 17 and over Men and Women, plus Masters