It was a mixed afternoon for the top riders in the final session of challenge classes at the 2017 BMX Australia National Championships at the Sleeman Sports Centre. One world champion won back his national…
It was a mixed afternoon for the top riders in the final session of challenge classes at the 2017 BMX Australia National Championships at the Sleeman Sports Centre.
One world champion won back his national title, another W1 crashed out on the final berm, a W2 was upstaged by two rivals and three youngsters claimed back-to-back 1A plates in a thrilling session of racing.
Jasmine Standish (9yrs girl’s), Callum Woodbury (10yrs boy’s, pictured below) and Kira Hill (13yrs girl’s) all kept their hands on the prestigious 1A plate awarded to the national champion with dominant displays throughout the day and confident rides in the finals of their respective divisions.
Perhaps the most excited, and stunned winner of the day was one who most people expected to win.
Tyson Kenny calls Sleeman his home track and entered the 13yrs boy’s event as the reigning world champion. He last won the national title on the same track two years ago. After winning, an elated Kenny collapsed to the ground, part in shock, part in pure joy. He looked more excited than when he had won the world title in Medellin.
“I mean, to come back to your home track and…and…I’m really just speechless,” Kenny said.
“I didn’t get the best semi and I got a bit squeezed out and didn’t get the best (lane) pick for my final but I guess it was just my day. I’ve trained very hard for this. I’m just very happy. It just feels amazing.”
By contrast, Hill, was so laid back after her win you’d think she had just won an infants school egg and spoon race rather than a second consecutive Aussie crown.
“I am stoked – I love the competition the girls have,” Hill said. “It’s good to race them all and the friends that I have here.”
In other events, ultra-competitive 9yrs boy’s race saw last year’s Australian and world champion Bailey Mills relegated to third after stunning performances by Cameron Gatt and Tama Onekawa. The same trio had shared the dais in 2016 with Mills ahead of Onekawa and Gatt.
The 10yrs girl’s event saw Imogen Healy (rider 51 below, pictured on the first bend) score a great victory after a close battle with W1 Portia Eden until Eden came off the bike on the last turn.
In the 45-49yrs women’s event Sandy Cameron added to the title she won yesterday in the cruiser event, while Dean Patch won the men’s 45-49 final.
For full results of all events held this morning, click here.
Racing at the 2017 BMXA Nationals continues on Saturday with the championship classes, including the elite classes featuring Olympians Anthony Dean, Bodi Turner, Lauren Reynolds and Caroline Buchanan.