FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – BMX Racing – Girls’s Particular person – Medal Ceremony – AUP – Ariake City Sports activities Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Gold medallist Bethany Shriever of Britain celebrates. REUTERS/Matthew Childs
August 22, 2021
(Reuters) – Britain’s BMX racing Olympic champion Bethany Shriever gained the world championship title on Sunday with an outstanding efficiency in Papendal within the Netherlands, after a three-rider crash ended Alise Willoughby’s hopes of retaining her crown.
Shriever, who as soon as labored as a instructing assistant to fund her using, sprang a serious shock when she dethroned Colombia’s BMX queen Mariana Pajon to win gold in an exhilarating race round one lap on the Tokyo Video games final month.
On Sunday, she claimed the world title after a blistering begin from lane eight, surging forward within the opening flip the place Individuals Felicia Stancil and Willoughby crashed after coming along with Swiss rider Zoe Claessens.
Judy Baauw and Laura Smulders of the Netherlands took the silver and bronze.
“I’ve been using persistently and I simply needed to go on the market and have an excellent time, like I did in Tokyo,” Shriever advised the BBC.
“I went in gate eight, I used to be relaxed and pleased. I had an alright begin and simply managed to dig in and take the win… One other gold medal — I can’t consider it.”
Niek Kimmann of the Netherlands matched Shriever’s Olympic and world championship double by profitable the lads’s race forward of Frenchman Sylvain Andre and Swiss David Graf.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; enhancing by Clare Fallon)