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Rio Olympian Bodi Turner and newly crowned national elite men’s champion Kai Sakakibara have both narrowly missed a place on the podium in the first UCI BMX Supercross World Cup of the year in Papendal,…

Rio Olympian Bodi Turner and newly crowned national elite men’s champion Kai Sakakibara have both narrowly missed a place on the podium in the first UCI BMX Supercross World Cup of the year in Papendal, the Netherlands.

Turner was fourth and Sakakibara fifth behind France’s Sylvain Andrew and Dutch duo Dave Van Der Burg and Twan Van Gendt, all leaving 2016 Olympic champion Connor Fields (seventh) and reigning world champion Joris Daudet (eighth) in their wake.

It signalled a return to form for Turner and 20-year-old Sakakibara’s best ever result on the international stage following his national title win in Brisbane last weekend.

BMX Australia Academy coach Luke Madill, himself a former BMX Olympian, said Sakakibara’s performance was a credit to his development and dedication over the last few years.

Sakakibara, who has been a member of BMX Australia’s Development Academy for a number of years under Madill’s tutelage, has been elevated into the High Performance team for this leg of the world cup circuit.

“It was great to see that after a couple of years mixing it with the world’s best that we can see the progression that the international exposure has given Kai,” Madill said.

Seeing a rider chosen from the BMX Australia Academy to move into the High Performance team also shows that we have a strong development pathway for future HP riders.”

While Turner and Sakakibara were the best of the Australians, Tristyn Kronk just missed a spot in the finals to place ninth and Josh Mclean was 11th – both career best results at this level.

In the women’s event, dual Olympian Lauren Reynolds narrowly missed a spot in the final, finishing in ninth, while compatriot Leanna Curtis was also a semi-finalist, ending her day in 15th.

Women’s results can be found here.

Men’s results can be found here.

Another Rio Olympian, Anthony Dean, was 33rd, Brandon Te Hiko placed 41st, Corey Frieswyk was 57th, Andy Hughes 65th, Shane Rosa 75th and Jye Hombsch 101st.

The second round of the revamped series will take place at the same track on Sunday.

PIC Courtesy UCI Supercross Facebook page