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Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 03:10 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Men's Final

Connor Fields (USA)
Jelle van Gorkom (NED)
Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes (COL)

(Local) / 03:00 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Women's Final

Mariana Pajon (COL)
Alise Post (USA)
Stefany Hernandez (VEN)

(Local) / 01:42 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Men's Semifinals Heat 2 (all Runs)

(Local) / 01:38 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Men's Semifinals Heat 1 (all Runs)

(Local) / 01:34 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Women's Semifinals Heat 2 (all Runs)

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Destiny for riders on Deodoro dirt

Australia’s BMX stars will be in the thick of the high-paced, chaotic action as the discipline hits the Deodoro dirt after thrilling spectators in Beijing and London. Fans will be on edge as athletes reach speeds of over 60 km/hr as they propel themselves down the elevated starting ramp, fly over multiple jumps and veer through the tightest of turns in a bid for Olympic glory.

Men to watch: 2012 World Champion Sam Willoughby won Australia’s first medal in the sport when he claimed silver at the London 2012 Games. The US-based Willoughby is currently top of the men’s world rankings and will be hoping he can turn the tables on Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Latvian gold medallist Maris Strombergs. Fellow Aussies Anthony Dean and Bodi Turner are both rising up the ranks and will get the chance at their first Olympic Games in Rio. 

Women to watch: Caroline Buchanan headlines Australia’s assault on the women’s competition as she looks to become the first Aussie female to win an Olympic BMX medal in Rio. Buchanan finished fifth in the final at the London 2012 Games and after a strong 2016 which included World Championships silver, she will well in the hunt when the gates are dropped in Rio. Defending Olympic champion and current World Champion, Mariana Pajon of Colombia, will again be tough to beat. Ninth ranked London 2012 Olympian Lauren Reynolds will line up alongside Buchanan as she looks to push for a podium in Rio. 

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

The majority of competitors will qualified spots for their country based on the UCI Olympic Qualification rankings as at 31 May, 2016. 

As one of the top four ranked NOCs Australia qualified the maximum three quotas for the men's competition.

As one of the top three ranked NOCs Australia qualified the maximum two quotas for the women's competition.

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Nomination to the AOC

Following the confirmation of quota spots to Australia from the UCI, if Australia qualifies two or more positions (in a specific gender), then the highest placed eligible Australian medallist at the 2016 BMX World Championships will receive automatic nomination. If no athlete has achieved this result, then the highest ranked eligible Australian athlete inside the Top 5 (Male) or Top 3 (Female) on the UCI Individual Rider Ranking System at 2 June 2016 will be automatically nominated.

If there are any remaining quota spots, CA will make discretionary nominations to the AOC taking into account a series of event and performance analysis factors. 

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Selection by the AOC

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Appeals Tribunal Chair

Tony Nolan SC
Email: anolan@vicbar.com.au
Phone: 03 9225 7132

Competition Format & Events

Riders launch from an 8m-high ramp onto a BMX track filled with jumps, bumps and banked corners.

The first round of Olympic competition is the seeding run where athletes compete in an individual time trial. The times of each rider are ranked and then athletes are split into fields of eight for the knockout phase of the competition. The seeding runs makes sure that the fastest riders don’t meet before the final.

The first round of the knockout phase for men is the quarter-finals and women the semi-finals. The top four riders in each race progress through to the next round. The eight that progress through to the final, compete for the medals. 

Australia and Olympic Cycling - BMX

Australia had high hopes of bringing home a medal when the sport made its debut at the Beijing Games in 2008. Jared Graves and Nicole Callisto both qualified for the eight athlete finals but were unable to stay on their bikes, crashing out and finishing their respective races in fifth.

2012 World Champion Sam Willoughby and world number two Caroline Buchanan would lead the charge for Australia at the London Games. Both progressed through to the finals and were confident they could earn a spot on the medal dais. Buchanan was first up at the London Velopark but after a poor start she exited the first corner in seventh and she could only manage another fifth for Australia. Willoughby headed out as one of the favourites in the men’s final and after a strong start found himself just behind Beijing gold medallist Maris Strombergs. Willoughby did his best but could not catch the Latvian as Willoughby claimed a historic silver medal for Australia.

Australia's Olympic athletics medal tally is: 1 (0 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze)

Read more about Cycling at the Olympics and Australia’s history here>>>

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Did you know

  • BMX bikes have one gear and a single break. They are specially designed for competition and need to balance light enough to reach a higher top speed and being strong enough to take the impact of landing after each jump.
  • All athletes participating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games must be born on or before 31 December 1998. 

Pre-Rio AUS Tally

0 Gold
1 Silver
0 Bronze


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