Reynolds Crash Ends Rio Campaign at Semis
BMX | Published:
Sat 20 August 2016
BMX: Semi Finals
Athlete: Lauren Reynolds
Venue: Olympic BMX Centre
WA BMX star Lauren Reynolds has missed the final of the
women’s BMX at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after a crash in run two of the semi
finals hurt her prospects.
The Bunbury athlete was left with work to do after
finishing sixth in the opening run, before disaster struck on the second of
three runs, when she collided with a rival and was brought to ground,
effectively ending her qualification hopes.
Reynolds picked herself up to cross the line seventh, but
with 13 points accrued, she needed a race win and other results to go her way.
She did manage a fourth place effort in a solid run in
the final leg, but it was not to be. Australian teammate Caroline Buchanan also
crashed out – in the third run – and missed the final in a disappointing result
for the Australian team.
Reynolds reflected on her miss, as part of the sport. The
unpredictable nature of racing, whilst potentially devastating, is also part of
"Very disappointed, I had my best preparation I ever
had," she said. "But it is our sport, BMX is crazy, I think today has
"It is a real disappointment, but you can't dwell on
it too much.
"I don't regret anything I did today, as if I had
held up I would have been upset with myself."
Colombian World Champion and crowd favourite Mariana
Pajon dominated the other semi-final and went on to win gold in the final.
American Alise Post took silver and Stefany Hernandez from Venezuela earned
In the men’s competition, Fields was joined on the podium
by Twan van Gendt who won silver with Colombia’s Carlos Ramirez Yepez winning