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Cycling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's BMX

Cycling at the 2008 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Laoshan BMX Venue, Beijing
Date Started: August 20, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008

Gold: FRA Anne-Caroline Chausson
Silver: FRA Laëtitia Le Corguillé
Bronze: USA Jill Kintner

Summary

Sixteen riders started the first women’s Olympic BMX event. They rode two rounds of qualifying with the best round for each cyclist seeding the eight riders into the semi-finals. The semis consisted of two heats of three races, with points awarded for each race, and the top four finishers from each heat advancing to the final, which was contested as a single race over the 350 metre course. The favorite was Britain’s Shanaze Reade, the winner of the last two World Championships, and 2007 World Champion in the team sprint with Victoria Pendleton. Other top riders included France’s Anne-Caroline Chausson and American Jill Kintner. Chausson was a mountain bike legend in the downhill, having won nine World Championships in that event, but it was not an Olympic event and she retired after 2005. When the BMX event was added to the Olympic Program, however, she came out of retirement. Kintner had won the Four-Cross World Championship four times, but was competing with sprained knee ligaments. All three made the final, but Reade, trailing on the final turn, attempted a daring maneuver to overtake, but crashed and did not finish. Chausson won easily, with her teammate, Laetitia le Corguille, avoiding the crash that took out Reade, winning the silver medal, and Kintner winning bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Anne-Caroline Chausson 30 France FRA Gold
2 Laëtitia Le Corguillé 22 France FRA Silver
3 Jill Kintner 26 United States USA Bronze
4 Sarah Walker 20 New Zealand NZL
5 Gabriela Díaz 27 Argentina ARG
6 Nicole Callisto 20 Australia AUS
AC r2/2 Sammy Cools 22 Canada CAN
AC r2/2 Shanaze Reade 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/2 Jana Horáková 24 Czech Republic CZE
5 h2 r1/2 Lieke Klaus 18 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r1/2 Jenny Fähndrich 19 Switzerland SUI
6 h2 r1/2 Anikó Hódi 22 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r1/2 Ma Liyun 20 China CHN
7 h2 r1/2 María Belén Dutto 21 Argentina ARG
8 h1 r1/2 Amanda Sørensen 22 Denmark DEN
8 h2 r1/2 Tanya Bailey 27 Australia AUS