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
The Organizing Committee for the Rio Games produced a spectacular and challenging course for the 3rd appearance of BMX at an Olympic Games. The womenâs competition was a lot more predictable than the crash fest that was the menâs event.
[Mariana PajÃ³n] of Colombia, the defending champion, was a clear favourite and she lived up to all the expectations placed on her shoulders. First she led the qualification run, and then won each race of her semi-final section before leading the final from start to finish. She became the first Colombian to win a second Olympic gold medal. Behind her the USAâs [Alise Post] won silver with [Stefany Hernandez] winning a first ever medal for Venezuela in Olympic cycling. [Caroline Buchanan] of Australia, widely tipped to be PajÃ³nâs main rival for the Olympic title, suffered a crash on her final semi-final run that left her losing out on a place in the final on a tiebreaker.
|2||Alise Post||25||United States||USA||Silver||Final||2|
|4||Brooke Crain||23||United States||USA||Final||4|
|15||Merle van Benthem||23||Netherlands||NED||Semi-Final||8||21|