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Willoughby wins Australia’s first BMX Medal

Sam Willoughby wins Silver in the BMX Final Credit: Phil Walter/Getty

Sam Willoughby has won Australia’s first ever BMX Medal, taking out silver in the Men’s BMX Final.

A strong start from Willoughby gave the Australian a strong position coming into the first turn, second just behind Latvia’s Maris Strombergs. Willoughby trailed just milliseconds behind Strombergs, but it became clear by the final turn that Willoughby would have to settle for second, with a time of 37.929.

‘I am happy. First Olympics, it is awesome to be on the podium. Obviously I wanted to win, but I’m stoked,’ Willoughby told ABC Radio.

Willoughby put only finishing second down to a ‘bad start’.

‘I was feeling good down the first straight, I just didn’t get a good start, managed to get into second,’ Willoughby said.

‘Yesterday it all got to me and I was a wreck, and I pulled it together today which I was really proud of myself although I didn’t ride as good as I think I could’ve.’

Willoughby qualified well in the preliminaries, before finishing easily moving through the Semi-Finals to qualify no.1 coming into the Final.

‘It was a crazy race and a crazy last couple of days,’ said Willoughby.

Sam Willoughby with BMX SIlver Medal. Credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty

Willoughby’s podium placing was relieved disappointment for Australia, after Caroline Buchanan finished 5th the Women’s final after she was expected as a strong medal favourite.

Buchanan struggled to get a good start and remained at the pack for most of the race, before a late push placed her 5th.

‘It feels like a nightmare. My house has burnt down and my brother’s broken his neck – I’ve had setbacks in my life before but nothing compared to this,’ she said.

Buchanan, who is the world no.2 seed, was a strong medal favourite coming into the games, expected to easily place a podium position.

‘I had everything in my favour and I don’t know if it was the pressure of the gate, but once I got back in the field I couldn’t come back,’ Buchanan said

‘At the end of the day I wanted gold.’

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  • Quinn

    He can do better in rio!!!!!!!



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