Walker makes semi-finals before crash in UCI BMX World Cup Supercross

Walker makes semi-finals before crash in UCI BMX World Cup Supercross

London Olympic medallist Sarah Walker secured two semifinal performances but suffered a crash in the UCI BMX World Cup Supercross event in the Netherlands today.

She was able to walk away after crashing off the side of the track, following a strong start to her semifinal on the second day of competition at Papendal.

Walker was ninth on the opening day, missing out on a spot in the final by 0.5s in her semifinal. She again worked through to the semifinal on the second day and made an excellent start before being squeezed off the side of the track on the second straight.

Rio Olympian Trent Jones was the next best of the Kiwis, making the quarterfinals on both days of competition. The US-based rider won his first round and worked his way into the quarterfinal where he was sixth on day one.

Trent Jones

Today he again went through three rounds of racing but got mixed up in a melee out of the gate and finished eighth in his quarterfinal.

Te Awamutu’s Rebecca Petch went out in the round of eight on the first day and in the quarterfinals today, edged out on her first World Cup semifinal by one spot.

Also out of Te Awamutu, were Cody Hobbs and Cole McOnie.  McOnie went out in the second round on day one and the round of 16 on day two, while Hobbs had a crash on day one, he was back on the gate on day two with no injuries making it though to 16ths.  Cambridge rider, Todd Barry missed out on the elimination round on the second day, however, also made it to 16ths. 

The winners were local Dutch riders Niek Kimmann and Laura Smulders on the first day while world champion Alise Willoughby and Frenchman Sylvan Andre prospered on the second day.

The next double round is at Zolder in Belgium this weekend.

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