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Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's BMX

Cycling at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic BMX Centre, Deodoro Olympic Park, Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 17, 2016
Date Finished: August 19, 2016

Gold: USA Connor Fields
Silver: NED Jelle van Gorkom
Bronze: COL Carlos Ramírez

Summary

The Organizing Committee for the Rio Games produced a spectacular and challenging course for the 3rd appearance of BMX at an Olympic Games.

[Māris Štrombergs] of Latvia had won gold at each of the two preceding Games but world champion [Joris Daudet] of France and young Dutchman [Niek Kimmann] were more favoured for success in Rio.

Daudet topped the time sheets in a relatively uneventful qualifying session; however, the quarter-finals could not remotely be called uneventful.

The first heat saw Daudet crash in two of his three runs and be eliminated whilst Kimmann survived only by carrying what remained of his bicycle after a bone crunching crash in his second race. Štrombergs’ chance of a third successive title ended in a pile-up that caused 2013 world champion [Liam Phillips] to be stretchered off with concussion and a broken collarbone. Another crash in the first run of the third heat saw two more cyclists withdraw with injury.

The semi-final stage was dominated by the two Australians, [Sam Willoughby] and [Anthony Dean], who were both undefeated in their respective semi-finals and would start the final as joint favourites.

The American pair of [Connor Fields] and [Nic Long] eclipsed the Aussie pairing at the start and sped away from the field. Fields held the lead from start to finish while Long saw his dream of an Olympic medal foiled in the final straight as first [Jelle van Gorkom] and then [Carlos Ramírez] edged ahead of him. Fields, a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas was the first American Olympic champion at this discipline.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal R R PTS LRT
1 Connor Fields 23 United States USA Gold Final 1
2 Jelle van Gorkom 25 Netherlands NED Silver Final 2
3 Carlos Ramírez 22 Colombia COL Bronze Final 3
4 Nic Long 26 United States USA Final 4
5 Tory Nyhaug 24 Canada CAN Final 5
6 Sam Willoughby 24 Australia AUS Final 6
7 Niek Kimmann 20 Netherlands NED Final 7
8 Anthony Dean 25 Australia AUS Final 8
9 Corben Sharrah 24 United States USA Semi-Final 5 12
10 Twan van Gendt 24 Netherlands NED Semi-Final 5 14
11 Carlos Oquendo 28 Colombia COL Semi-Final 6 14
12 Gonzalo Molina 21 Argentina ARG Semi-Final 6 16
13 Trent Jones 21 New Zealand NZL Semi-Final 7 17
14 David Graf 26 Switzerland SUI Semi-Final 7 22
15 Luis Brethauer 23 Germany GER Semi-Final 8 23
16 Jefferson Milano 20 Venezuela VEN Semi-Final 8 24
17 Māris Štrombergs 29 Latvia LAT Quarter-Final 5 14 39.554
18 Jérémy Rencurel 21 France FRA Quarter-Final 5 14 1:30.329
19 Edžus Treimanis 28 Latvia LAT Quarter-Final 5 15
20 Bodi Turner 21 Australia AUS Quarter-Final 5 18
21 Kyle Dodd 22 South Africa RSA Quarter-Final 6 14
22 Yevgeny Komarov 27 Russia RUS Quarter-Final 6 16
23 Joris Daudet 25 France FRA Quarter-Final 6 18
24 Tore Navrestad 20 Norway NOR Quarter-Final 6 19
25 Kyle Evans 22 Great Britain GBR Quarter-Final 7 19 37.203
26 Niklas Laustsen 23 Denmark DEN Quarter-Final 7 19 41.942
27 Toni Syarifudin 25 Indonesia INA Quarter-Final 7 22
28 Amidou Mir 21 France FRA Quarter-Final 7 28
29 Renato Rezende 25 Brazil BRA Quarter-Final 8 19
30 Yoshitaku Nagasako 22 Japan JPN Quarter-Final 8 21
31 Liam Phillips 27 Great Britain GBR Quarter-Final 8 28
32 Alfredo Campo 23 Ecuador ECU Quarter-Final 8 28