World BMX Championships 2012 Cycling


World BMX Championships 2012

Ore Oduba presents highlights of the World BMX Championships from Birmingham, with commentary from Hugh Porter and Andy Ruffell.


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Here comes Helly Holmes, the crowd are on their feet. What a start.

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Great Britain gets the Gold Medal. Kelly Holmes of Britain, what a

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performance. The Olympic champion. Absolutely brilliant. Britain takes

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gold. Hello and welcome to Birmingham for the 2012 BMX World

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Championships. It is in that arenas that the world's best compete for

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the final time before the Olympics. And these chach ships count towards

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Olympic qualification. So the stage is set. Expect an intense

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atmosphere in the National Indoor Arena and if you're not familiar

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with BMX, it is a sport that gets the pulse racing. Fast, frenetic

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and full of drama. BMX is not for the faint hearted. A powerful start

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is essential. With speeds up to 40mph, crashing is common. So

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expect a battle on the banks, big jumps and the odd bump. And the

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post girl of British BMX is Shanaze Reade. She has demons to put to

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rest, but in Birmingham she set her sights on reclaiming the title she

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lost last year. World title is what I'm about. I love the white jersey

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and standing there listening to the national anthem playing. Winning's

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like a drug, the more you win, you more you need. I won the time trial

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last year and didn't win the race. At 23, Shanaze Reade has been in

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BMX for 15 years. I got into the sport at a track similar to this,

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but a lot more run down, I hired a bike for a pound and the buzz I got

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from the track and the jumps and the people that were there, I just

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found it's ban roller coaster since. That seemed to be heading only up

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and led her to greatest sporting event of them all. I was 19. Got

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selected for the Olympics, won the world title, I couldn't see no

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reason why I wouldn't win the Olympics. I hadn't lost a race for

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some time. I got there 5 getting my accreditation and going through

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scanner and thinking this is a bit different. She's crashed. She

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touched the wheel. It didn't go to, how I wanted it to go. Still

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obviously, it helps me from this day from what I went through and it

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is one of best things that's happened to me. Now she has the

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chance to make amends. Much as it is the Olympics and I want to bin.

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It is just a bike race and everyone who has made the final, is within

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six of the eight are capable of winning. So it comes down to that

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mental strength and have you got it. An Olympic medal would mean

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complete, I'm a complete package. I won the world fightles as a junior

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and in the eleeted, been European and British champion, never been

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Olympic champion. To be that in your home counts ri, it would make

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me complete. I can come from my career, thinking, I did it.

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Everything. Now here on the Birmingham track I'm joined by a

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bay jing champion, you were a champion. Is still a still an event

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that excites you? Yes the sport has evolved, the tracks a bit more

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different. I don't know how well I would have done. But exciting and

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fast action, the governing bodies are behind us and the kids are

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getting quicker and quicker. We're set for the time trials. All about

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raw pace. What will happen? impressed with practice. These guys

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seem to have the track down. I don't think it is the most

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technical track. But it should make it closer. When you get a

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superchallenging track. You will get a good separation between

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riders and the time trial. Here this week, everyone is looking

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quick. Thank you. More from you later. The first Gold Medal up for

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grabs the women's supertime trial. Shanaze Reade is up for the mix in

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the medals. Here is Andy Ruffell the medals. Here is Andy Ruffell

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and Hugh Porter. She is out to nail the gold in front of her home fans.

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23, Shanaze Reade, from Crewe, and she does a lot of her training on

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the BMX track in Manchester. She is ready for the test against the

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clock. Just watch the start. She is known for the snap away from the

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gate. She is cleanly into her time trial. And she has nailed that one

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perfectly. This is Byrne No 2 and she is 0.19 of the American's time.

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Into the short rhythm section and she is sill ahead. Oh yes, 0 .6

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faster than Alise Post sh.14 road - - rode that to perfection. She made

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that time by the time she got to the second corner. Sportingly

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acknowledged by the American, Alise Post. Now the final competitor to

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go. This is Caroline Buchanan, the 21 Australian. She finished in the

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Silver Medal position 12 months ago, but she has been riding well.

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29.168 was her time in qualification. If she does that

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again, she will go inside the time of Shanaze Reade. She is flying

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around the course. She is ahead. What will she stop the clock at?

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0.45 faster and that time is the only time inside 29 seconds. Watch

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how 14 got that extra 0.45, keeping the bike on the ground as much as

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possible. A superb piece of riding. We have an Australian world

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champion and you will not see a smile broader than that. She is

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delighted, this 21-year-old. A week ago I knocked myself, ended up in

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hospital. To come back from that and be here is amazing. I was close

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to getting the gold, but I gave it my best and on the day it wasn't

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quite good enough. That will give you a boost? It is a great warm up

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for tomorrow. I know what I could have improved on and I think

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tomorrow's a new day. And I want to go out and try and win. So Shanaze

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Reade misses out on defending her title and will have to settle for

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silver. Let's see if Liam Phillips can get a title in the men's time

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trial. Liam Phillips is based in Manchester. He got a second in the

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World Cup time trial in Norway. So his form is good. He is ready to

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blaze his way around this circuit. I can tell you that the leading

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time has been set by Andre. Phillips is already ahead. He does

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look impressive. Phillips who at one points was being considered for

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man one in the team sprint. But he couldn't resist the lure of his

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favourite discipline. He is going well. Up to the line and the time,

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oh look at that faster than Andre. That gives him the lead. Amazing

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ride. He took the first jump well. This is where he gains time n that

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first corner and over those last triples. Marvellous to see Liam

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Phillips as leader. Connor Fields, the 19-year-old on the track. The

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Vegas kid. He is the fastest man on the planet and he has won four

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World Cup time trials back-to-back. Look at the style of this fella.

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And at the moment he is blazing his way around the sir kit. This is a

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Stella performance by the young American. He is up to the line. 0.3

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off the time of Phillips. He goes into the gold medal position.

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should be excited about that one. He is my next door neighbour in

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Vegas and I have seen him ride and improve all the time. He is the

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best rider on planet. Master class, world champion and Gold Medal

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winner. The last World Cup was the same, I qualified in the first ride

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and I sat in the hot seat until Connor came along. He hasn't lost a

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time trial all year. So nobody's going to bet against him. I'm

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disappointed, but elated at the same time. It is fantastic to pick

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up my first senior medal. It is good. And you're first World

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Championships medal. You have got to be proud? Yes, I can take a lot

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of confidence from today and move to tomorrow and tomorrow's race day

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and that is what it's all about. Now this course here, because the

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one in London is 470 metre long and how does this compare? We have the

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same start hill, the same height. Just with the constraints of

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building, the track must be shorter. So each straight will be shorter,

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more action on. And the first turn is not superbig. So there will be

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some good action. But not many opportunities, or you pull back the

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opportunities for the riders to pass other riders. The huge

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difference is that this track is indoors, in London it is outdoor.

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What difference does that make? Mainly it is the wind. The wind if

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you have a side wind, it is quite a factor and can even crash a rider.

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So here we don't have any winds. So that is nice, it is nice to be

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focus on the track and not worry kwhab the wind is doing. So a level

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playing field. What will it take to win here? BM kpw. Is about the

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start. Normal think first guy down to the start hill will have the

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best chance. Things can happen around the track x but it is down

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to the start. Get a good start and get to that first turn first and

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when you're in front, you can ride your line. So huge importance on

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the first three. We're peblgting some exciting stuff. Connor Fields

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and Caroline Buchanan have set the pace. Now this is when the

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competition gets going and the riders are agains each other on the

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track. Over to Llew and Andy. Phillips is starting here because

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he has the quickest time. In lane 6 Bob is one to look out for.

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Phillips is riding well. What a crash there? Phillips has gone down

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and that looked bad to me. Very heavy. Rand -- landing on the

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shoulder. The Belgian is in second. These positions created by that

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crash. Up to the land, Bradford from the Belgian. That looked like

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a telling fall for Phillips. I would like see it again. It is the

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step up on the start straight. There is Liam. I'm sure he will be

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fine. He has the right people around him. If you watch this again.

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Watch the step up jump take another victim, third part of jump, back

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wheel doesn't hit correctly and he is down. Donny Robinson also went

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down. Things aren't looking good fr Liam. Such a shame. We know he's

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hurt his right shoulder. We don't know how much. How much of a shame

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is it fofr him? It is a big disappointment. He would have come

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with a positive attitude and thinking he could make the final.

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It is a big hit for him. Hopefully it is not too bad. Hopefully he can

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get back. Now how much of a blow is it to confidence? I wouldn't say

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too much to the confidence. He has had a big improvement in the last

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six months. So he knows he is in good form. We all crash and you

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know these injuries and get over them and you know, I don't think it

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every heat. Abbie Taylor also made it through to the quarter-finals.

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She got a silver medal in the world junior championships last year,

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Shanaze Reade. She leads for the first time and it is Valentino in

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lane one. At the moment, she's trying to hold off the challenge as

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they go into the first berm. It is the defending world champion who is

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beginning to show why she is the winner of the rainbow stripes and

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that is why she's reading. Mariana Pajon leading ahead of Manon

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Valentino. As they head up to the line, Valentino pokes her will on

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the line in front of Mariana Pajon. In third spot was the Netherlands.

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We are looking at Shanaze Reade starting in lane one in this

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quarter-final clash. She has had a very good start. She got away off

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the bow, she has gone down. Shanaze Reade Lader the bike over a little

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bit too far and down she went and what that has meant, it has given

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their lead to Lithuania, leading Romana Labounkova from the Czech

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Republic. Nobody is going to catch these three balls and they will

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move into the semi-finals. Romana Labounkova on the Czech Republic.

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And then Latvia, third. Coming over the line from Brazil, Squel Stein.

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In 5th position, Shanaze Reade. had everything, a perfect start. As

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she comes to the first corner, she went too far over the handlebars

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towards the front wheel and basically it was too much. She has

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gone down. What a shame. An incredible mistake. Very

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disappointed. To finish like this. Injury wise, she has got a few

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scrapes and nothing major, so that is the first positive thing for

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that very disappointed. She didn't win the World Championships today

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but she has had a very interrupted season since last October. She

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broke her ribs and that was the start and it snowballed from there.

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She is a great position in preparation, so we hope for a

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smoother run through. She is a very determined right now. The riders

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are one or ride away from a buy novels of the big blow it to the

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men's draw losing one of the favourites, Connor Fields. Who will

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make it a to the last eight? It's time to find out. Here is the line-

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her, Mariana Pajon, lane 2. Former world champion, Sarah Walker, in a

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lane six. It is the world champion Mariana Pajon in front. She is

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being chased down by Manon Valentino from France. Also Magalie

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Pottier from France. This is the world champion. At her absolute

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Supreme best. She is turning on the style here. Mariana Pajon wins the

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semi-final. Who was second? Valentino, second, Magalie Pottier,

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third and the American in the 4th position. That was the world

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champion riding at her best. Yes, she's in a league of her own in

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this race for the Valentino also doing well. The French riders have

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been amazing through to the final. Here is the line-up for the second

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semi-final. Alise Post is in superb form. Look at her power when she

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gets away from the gate. We can expect a challenge to come from

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Gabriela Diaz beside her. Four have hit the deck already. Alise Post is

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oblivious to that. Look at this for a stylish ride by Alise Post, she

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has established a clear leader. Romana Labounkova ties to limit it.

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The shorter section ahead. Here she comes to the line. Alise Post wins

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and Romana Labounkova his second. Gabriela Diaz -- Eva Ailloud was

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third. A lot of action in this race. infamous step jump. It was a race

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with drama. Keep an eye on the player from benevolence. She's

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approaching the step up and went down like a box of tricks there.

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Also Lauryn Reynolds, the Australian screwed things up for

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the latter being at the beginning. It is semi-final time now for the

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men and starting in lane one is Maris Strombergs, the reigning

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Olympic champion. Also in lane four is Marc Willers of from New Zealand.

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He has the orange helmet, pressurising Maris Strombergs. Look

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at the speed of these riders. New Zealand, Marc Willers, moves into

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the lead. David Herman from America is following through. They're

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coming up to the final berm. The short the rhythm section, a great

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display of power, strength and speed of Marc Willers. He takes it.

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David Herman from the USA, second, Maris Strombergs, third. We had got

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a lot of riders down here. They seem to be OK right now. Once we

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look at the replay, I think one of the highlights pride now is Moana

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Moo Caille basically bailed on a jump and into the distance we had

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Brian Kirk going down. He's a well. We have former world champion

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and Joris Daudet. Sam Willoughby rarely turn on the style here,

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looking very, very strong for that -- really turning on the style here.

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Joris Daudet from France, they are tapping out the rhythm at the head

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of the contest. No one will catch him. Donny Robinson, third. Joris

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Daudet, second. Robinson, third. What a contest! Sam Willoughby

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definitely the stand-out rider in this heat. The competition between

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him and Joris Daudet looks like it will carry on into the final. An

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amazing race by Sam Willoughby. we are through to the last eight.

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Can the Colombian defender world title? Hugh Porter and Andy Ruffell

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can talk us through the women's final. She has the courage of a

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cage I do. On the outside his Arielle Martin. Squel Stein inane

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seven. Eva Ailloud confronts. She is impressive so far in the

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preliminaries. Then Magalie Pottier, former junior champion. And then,

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Romana Labounkova. And then it is Manon Valentino. Alise Post, in a

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red hot for Mott, very quick off the gate. And finally, the world

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champion, Mariana Pajon. This will be a really spicy clash. At stake,

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the rainbow jersey and a gold, silver and bronze medals for the

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let's see who can get quickest of the gate. The crowd have gone quiet

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as they wait. They will soon burst into applause when the gate goes

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down. Here we go. Look out for the start. Mariana Pajon, off the pace

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there but an electric start, Alise Post has gone down. Also Manon

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Valentino from France has gone down. Mariana Pajon has lost her position

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as though she has got to play catch-up but Magalie Pottier from

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France, she is storming towards the final berm. Here comes a late

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challenge from up Eva Ailloud from France but Magalie Pottier takes it

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and gives the victory salute. So, two French women taking the top to

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spot on the podium for supper this was amazing. Mariana Pajon, she did

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not start well and then as we hit the infamous step up, Alise Post

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felt. I'm not sure why that happened. Valentino then impedes

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Mariana Pajon as she tried to get back into the race. Magalie Pottier,

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23 years old, once she got to the head of the contest, there was no

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catching her. She got the bronze medal last year in Denmark and was

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not going to surrender the advantage of the front of the

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contest here. She was chased down by Eva Ailloud but they ran out of

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distance. There she is, blowing kisses to the crowd. The gold medal

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winner and world champion, Magalie Joris Daudet and the current world

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champion is in the mix. Also Maris Strombergs. They will be jostling

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for position at the start gate. Only one can rise to the top as the

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world champion. Talk me through the vast -- last race of the day, Andy

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Ruffell and Hugh Porter. These are the last eight who will slug it out

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for the top three positions on the podium. Anthony Dean, his first

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ever senior final. Then at Maris Strombergs. The machine, himself.

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Twice world champion. And the Olympic gold medallist in Beijing.

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Alongside him, grow veg. And then, lane four, grosgrain, former world

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champion. -- alongside him, David Herman. And then the defending

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world champion, Joris Daudet from France and Ben Sam Willoughby,

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twice world junior champion. B and C -- the athletes's nerves must be

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on edge now. Get ready for the adrenalin rush. Who will command

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the lead into the first berm? Wait for it. It is going to be a

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cracking final. Can a Maris Strombergs take his third strong?

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Can a Sam Willoughby from Australia get a bit senior world title to add

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to his two junior titles? Look at the speed of our Sam Willoughby on

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the inside. He got the sharp end of the contest. Within is the

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defending world champion, Joris Daudet. Also, Marc Willers from New

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Zealand. Sam Willoughby is clear. Marc Willers tried to go down the

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inside but Joris Daudet crashed. Moana Moo Caille, third. Well, Marc

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Willers, who was in line for the bronze, tried to get down the

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inside of Joris Daudet and crashed. Fantastic raised by Sam Willoughby.

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This is where it gets stable. He's in a class of his own car Sam

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take shape. Sam Willoughby out front, Joris Daudet, second and

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Marc Willers it comes up but Maris Strombergs was in the middle of the

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next. How Joris Daudet stayed on his bike is a miracle. No one can

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take this away from Sam Willoughby. He is the world champion 2012.

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hugely impressive performance by this 20-year-old from Adelaide. He

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is the world champion. Moana Moo Caille get bronze. So now we have

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two new world champions. Sam Willoughby and Magalie Pottier

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balls and I guess it shows the randomness of the BMX. If you can

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get to the final, anybody can win it. Two surprising results to be

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honest with you. The past is qualifiers from yesterday's time

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trial did not even make the finals today. It shows you the big

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pressure here today. Olympic places are up for grabs and they are

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getting stressed. We saw a lot of mistakes and crashes. We know

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Shanaze Reade had a crash, not badly hurt. We know Liam Phillips

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has a broken collarbone. Shanaze Reade will be fine. She has got

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better. She will get better and better. A lot of pressure on the

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young girl. Liam Phillips, a broken collar bone, not a big deal. It

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will be screwed together and ensure in a couple of weeks he will be

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back on his bike. How much I'm looking forward to the Olympics on

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home turf? I think it's going to the best thing for years, a great

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experience for the athletes, and the public. Jamie, great talking to

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this afternoon. The next time we see these riders in action will be

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Ore Oduba presents highlights of the World BMX Championships from Birmingham, with commentary from Hugh Porter and Andy Ruffell.

As an Olympic sport in an Olympic year, the event takes on extra significance for the world's best riders as it is the last in which nations can secure valuable qualification points as they strive to earn their place at the London 2012 Games.

Britain's 23-year-old Crewe-born Olympic hopeful Shanaze Reade is a three time winner of the World BMX Championships who captures the imagination with her bravery. Team-mate Liam Phillips is a talented rider from Taunton.


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