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Cycling at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's BMX

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): BMX Track, London Velopark, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 10, 2012

Gold: LAT Māris Štrombergs
Silver: AUS Sam Willoughby
Bronze: COL Carlos Oquendo

Summary

Māris Štrombergs of Latvia was the defending Olympic and two-time World Champion and was seeking to defend his Olympic gold in 2012, but injuries had plagued him over the past years and he was far from the overwhelming favorite. Challenging him for the title were Australia's Sam Willoughby, the reigning World Champion, and Frenchman Joris Daudet, the 2011 World Champion, along with a host of other prospects who were, relatively, much younger than Štrombergs. In an event as unpredictable as BMX, however, nearly every rider who started had at least some chance of bringing home a medal.

The first surprises came in the qualification when Raymon van der Biezen and Twan van Gendt, members of the Dutch team, posted the best and third-best times of the seeding run respectively, sandwiching Daudet in-between them. The Netherlands, which had not seen a men's World Championship medalist since Robert de Wilde in 2005, had not been thought to be a medal contender in the event, but quickly established itself as a nation to watch for at the podium. The Dutch team continued their dominance in the quarterfinals, with both van Gendt and van der Biezen winning their finals alongside American Connor Fields and New Zealander Marc Willers. Fields and Willoughby were the stars of the semifinals, each winning two of their three runs, while Willers and Daudet crashed in their first and third runs respectively and were eliminated from the finals. Willers attempted to continue the competition and rode in the second race, although it was clear that his crash had hampered his performance and he did not start the third race. In the final Štrombergs, who had only won one of the six races of the quarter and semifinals, took an early lead and never relinquished it. Willoughby was on his tail the entire time, but his final push came up just short and he was left to settle for silver. Throughout the race hometown favorite Liam Phillips looked poised to take the bronze medal, but crashed as he was passed by Carlos Oquendo of Colombia, a relative unknown, who finished in third place. Fields had also fallen during the race, but he had had a bad start and was never in contention for the podium. The two Dutch competitors, despite their success in the early stages, finished the event in fourth (van der Biezen) and fifth (van Gendt).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal R R PTS LRT
1 Māris Štrombergs 25 Latvia LAT Gold Final 1
2 Sam Willoughby 20 Australia AUS Silver Final 2
3 Carlos Oquendo 24 Colombia COL Bronze Final 3
4 Raymon van der Biezen 25 Netherlands NED Final 4
5 Twan van Gendt 20 Netherlands NED Final 5
6 Andrés Jiménez 25 Colombia COL Final 6
7 Connor Fields 19 United States USA Final 7
8 Liam Phillips 23 Great Britain GBR Final 8
9 Edžus Treimanis 24 Latvia LAT Semi-Final 5 14
10 David Herman 24 United States USA Semi-Final 5 15
11 Joris Daudet 21 France FRA Semi-Final 6 16
12 Quentin Caleyron 24 France FRA Semi-Final 6 18
13 Rihards Veide 20 Latvia LAT Semi-Final 7 18
14 Roger Rinderknecht 31 Switzerland SUI Semi-Final 7 19
15 Khalen Young 27 Australia AUS Semi-Final 8 25
16 Marc Willers 26 New Zealand NZL Semi-Final 8 26
17 Nic Long 22 United States USA Quarter-Final 5 19
18 Tory Nyhaug 20 Canada CAN Quarter-Final 5 20 38.808
19 Morten Therkildsen 28 Denmark DEN Quarter-Final 5 20 39.104
20 Luis Brethauer 19 Germany GER Quarter-Final 5 22
21 Emilio Falla 26 Ecuador ECU Quarter-Final 6 23 41.793
22 Moana Moo-Caille 23 France FRA Quarter-Final 6 23 1:30.608
23 Arnaud Dubois 26 Belgium BEL Quarter-Final 6 24
24 Ernesto Pizarro 21 Argentina ARG Quarter-Final 6 26
25 Brian Kirkham 26 Australia AUS Quarter-Final 7 25
26 Manuel De Vecchi 31 Italy ITA Quarter-Final 7 29
27 Jelle van Gorkom 21 Netherlands NED Quarter-Final 7 31 40.096
28 Kurt Pickard 21 New Zealand NZL Quarter-Final 7 31
29 Sifiso Nhlapo 25 South Africa RSA Quarter-Final 8 27
30 Daniel Caluag 25 Philippines PHI Quarter-Final 8 29
31 Maik Baier 23 Germany GER Quarter-Final 8 31
32 Renato Rezende 21 Brazil BRA Quarter-Final 8 36