BMX World Champs – Skizo Nhlapo gets silver

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This past weekend saw the BMX World Champs happen in Pietermaritzburg. Local hero Sifiso Nhlapo did not disappoint coming home second in the elite mens final, one place better than his bronze in 2008. It has been a great comeback for Sifiso after he broke his neck in a horrific training crash last year forcing him to be a spectator in the 2009 event.

Strombergs was without doubt the fastest rider and deserved the win. He was never troubled in a action packed day of racing that saw loads of thrills and spills on the purpose-built track at the Royal Showgrounds. Frenchman Joris Daudet claimed the bronze medal in the men’s event after pre-event favourite Sam Willoughby went down in a big crash on the first corner.

In the women’s final, talented Reade added more World Championship gold to her trophy cabinet that already includes medals from two BMX World Championships and the 2007 and 2008 World Track Championships. New Zealand’s Sarah Walker claimed the silver and American Alise Post the bronze medal but neither ever came close to the fast-starting Reade.

1.Maris Strombergs (LAT) 38.391
2.Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA) +0.487 2,
3.Joris Daudet (FRA) +0.686
4.Thomas Hamon (FRA) +1.340
5.Raymon Van der Biezen (NED) +1.487
6.Marc Willers (NZL) +1:01.301
7.Sam Willoughby (AUS) +1:01.349
8.Khalen Young (AUS) +1:01.414

1.Shanaze Reade (GBR) 38.819
2.Sarah Walker (NZL) +1.096
3.Alise Post (USA) +1.624
4.Annelie Despeaux (FRA) +2.986
5.Aneta Hladikova (CZE) +3.411
6.Rachel Bracken (AUS) +4.212
7.Laetitia le Corguille (FRA) +34.963
8.Arielle Martin (USA)

Junior Men:
1.Sylvian Andre (FRA) 38.822
2.Kristers Lejins (LAT) +1.012
3.Twan van Gendt (NED) +1.407
4.David Oquendo Zabala (COL) +1.639
5.Matthew Dunsworth (AUS) +2.033
6.Niclas Laustsen (DEN) +2.462
7.Taims Kristers (LAT) +13.667
8.Connor Fields (USA)

Junior Women:
1.Merle Von Bentheim (NED) 40.946
2.Brook Crain (USA) +0.158
3.Melinda  Mcleod (AUS) +0.658
4.Taylor Wolcott (USA) +1.394
5.Enora le Roux (FRA) +3.626
6.Bianca Quinalha (BRA) +3.811
7.Mayara Perez (BRA) +8.189
8.Kirsten Dellar (AUS) +32.572