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Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's BMX

Cycling at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


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: COL Mariana Pajón
Silver: USA Alise Post
Bronze: VEN Stefany Hernández


The Organizing Committee for the Rio Games produced a spectacular and challenging course for the 3rd appearance of BMX at an Olympic Games. The women’s competition was a lot more predictable than the crash fest that was the men’s event.

[Mariana Pajón] 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 USA’s [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 Pajón’s 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.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal R R PTS
1 Mariana Pajón 24 Colombia COL Gold Final 1
2 Alise Post 25 United States USA Silver Final 2
3 Stefany Hernández 25 Venezuela VEN Bronze Final 3
4 Brooke Crain 23 United States USA Final 4
5 Yaroslava Bondarenko 19 Russia RUS Final 5
6 Elke Vanhoof 24 Belgium BEL Final 6
7 Laura Smulders 22 Netherlands NED Final 7
8 Manon Valentino 25 France FRA Final 8
9 Caroline Buchanan 25 Australia AUS Semi-Final 5 13
10 Gabriela Díaz 35 Argentina ARG Semi-Final 5 17
11 Lauren Reynolds 25 Australia AUS Semi-Final 6 17
12 Amanda Carr 26 Thailand THA Semi-Final 6 18
13 Simone Christensen 22 Denmark DEN Semi-Final 7 18
14 Nadja Pries 22 Germany GER Semi-Final 7 19
15 Merle van Benthem 23 Netherlands NED Semi-Final 8 21
16 Priscilla Carnaval 22 Brazil BRA Semi-Final 8 22