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Men's BMX

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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: LAT Māris Å trombergs
Silver: USA Mike Day
Bronze: USA Donny Robinson


Thirty-two riders started the first men’s Olympic BMX event. The 32 riders rode two rounds of qualifying with the best round for each cyclist seeding the riders into the quarter-finals. The quarters consisted of two heats of three races, with points awarded for each race, and the top four finishers from each heat advancing to the semi-finals. In the semis, three races were again contested, with the top four riders in each heat advancing based on points. The final was a single race, over the 350 metre course.

The favorite was Latvian World Champion [Maris Strombergs]. Strombergs placed first in both his quarter and semi, to gain the coveted #1 gate slot for the start of the final. He was pushed in the final by Americans [Mike Day] and [Donny Robinson]. All three finished within a second, several bike lengths ahead of the other finishers, who were all involved with or held up by crashes, but Strombergs prevailed for the gold medal, Day taking silver, and Robinson bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Māris Štrombergs 21 Latvia LAT Gold
2 Mike Day 23 United States USA Silver
3 Donny Robinson 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Andrés Jiménez 21 Colombia COL
5 Rob van den Wildenberg 26 Netherlands NED
6 Jared Graves 25 Australia AUS
AC r3/3 Sifiso Nhlapo 21 South Africa RSA
AC r3/3 Damien Godet 21 France FRA
5 h1 r2/3 Raymon van der Biezen 21 Netherlands NED
5 h2 r2/3 Cristian Becerine 31 Argentina ARG
6 h1 r2/3 Kyle Bennett 28 United States USA
6 h2 r2/3 Jamie Hildebrandt 27 Australia AUS
7 h1 r2/3 Artūrs Matisons 23 Latvia LAT
7 h2 r2/3 Roger Rinderknecht 27 Switzerland SUI
8 h1 r2/3 Marc Willers 22 New Zealand NZL
8 h2 r2/3 Manuel De Vecchi 27 Italy ITA
5 h1 r1/3 Jonathan Suárez 25 Venezuela VEN
5 h2 r1/3 Henrik Baltzersen 23 Denmark DEN
5 h3 r1/3 Augusto Castro 21 Colombia COL
5 h4 r1/3 Sergio Salazar 22 Colombia COL
6 h1 r1/3 Emilio Falla 22 Ecuador ECU
6 h2 r1/3 Michal Prokop 27 Czech Republic CZE
6 h3 r1/3 Vilmos Radasics 24 Hungary HUN
6 h4 r1/3 Thomas Allier 33 France FRA
7 h1 r1/3 Akifumi Sakamoto 26 Japan JPN
7 h2 r1/3 Liam Phillips 19 Great Britain GBR
7 h3 r1/3 Robert de Wilde 31 Netherlands NED
7 h4 r1/3 Luke Madill 28 Australia AUS
8 h1 r1/3 Ivo Lakučs 29 Latvia LAT
8 h2 r1/3 Ramiro Marino 19 Argentina ARG
8 h3 r1/3 Scott Erwood 20 Canada CAN
8 h4 r1/3 Sebastian Kartfjord 21 Norway NOR