A golden triple treat and a dominant trifecta have highlighted a stunning second day for Australia’s youngest contingent of riders at the BMX world championships in Baku.
Australian riders amassed a seven medal haul in the 12 years and under age categories – made up of three gold, a silver and three bronze – to bring the green and gold total to 11 medals after just two days of racing.
Leading the way were new world champions Fraser Vaughan (boy’s 9yrs), Tama Onekawa (boy’s 10yrs) and Portia Eden (girl’s 11yrs), while Onekawa led an Australian clean sweep in his age group with Bailey Mills winning the W2 plate for the second year in a row and Kyne Baird taking home bronze.
Joining those riders as medallists were Harley Bradshaw, who was third in the boy’s 7yrs, and Teya Rufus, who claimed bronze in the girl’s 12yrs.
Kade McNamara (boy’s 7yrs), Jye Galloway (boy’s 8yrs), Noah Elton (boy’s 12yrs) and Sacha Mills (girl’s 12yrs) all made it to the finals.
For Eden it was a second career world title and improved on her W3 performance from 2017. The Cairns youngster, who is coached by rising junior rider Ronan Weber, said the support from within the Australian team in Baku had helped her in the final.
“I just loved the atmosphere here, it’s been really great and to see the Aussies in the grandstand cheering really loudly for me was just amazing,” Eden said.
“The experience to come all the way over here from Australia, I just feel so great that all my effort and hard work paid off.”
Both Vaughan and Onekawa went through the day of motos, quarter finals, semi finals and the final without losing a lap and that was something Pine Rivers’ Vaughan was most happy with.
“That was pretty fun and exciting,” Vaughan said.
“I did not drop a moto or final and that’s pretty good for me at a world title event.
“I’m pretty happy about that one.”
While extremely rare at world championship level, Australia’s trifecta in the 10yrs boy’s was not surprising given the dominance of the green and gold jerseys throughout the day.
Onekawa and Mills won all three of their motos, a feat matched by Cameron Gatt, who also won his quarterfinal before crashing out in the semi and missing the opportunity to defend his W3 plate.
If you missed yesterday’s action, you can catch up via the YouTube video below.
For the medal round, head to 4:38:00 and see Aussie Jye Galloway in the first final of the day.
Day three of the world championships will feature 46 Australian entrants, all competing in the 20” classes for ages 13 and over.
Follow the action via the LIVE STREAM from 1530 AEST with finals expected sometime after 9pm AEST.
Featured image: Craig Dutton