After three beautiful days with challenge and elite time trial competitions at the BMX World Championships in Copenhagen, adrenaline and action filled the track today when the absolute BMX elite competed for the prestigious World Championships titles in what many believes to be the toughest field ever.
elite men: Joris Daudet, FranceJoris Daudet from France completed a perfect season with today’s World Championship title in a close and exciting race in the mens’ final where he beat both the defending world champion and reigning Olympic champion Maris Strombergs from Latvia, and New Zealander Marc Willers.
“I’ve had a really good season and my only tactics for today was to get a good start,” Daudet stated after the race. Daudet promised at the same time to do his absolute best in London next year.
Earlier this year Daudet won the European championship after being best in 12 out of 12 races in the series. In the second corner oo the track in the final, Daudet made a good move on Willers and went on the inside of the leading Willers and held the lead all the way to the finish line in one of the most thrilling World Championship races this year.
Winner, elite female: Mariana Pajon, Columbia
In the womens’ elite final Sarah Walker from New Zealand and Mariana Pajon from Columbia were favorites after the heats of the day. Another top favorite, the British London Olympics hope Shanaze Reade, missed her gate in the semifinals and therefore didn’t make it to the finals.
Mariana Pajon won all her heats of the day on the way to the finals, where the little Columbian flew down the start ramp and took the lead on the first straight. Although Sarah Walker pushed from behind the fast Columbian increased her lead and won her first world championship in the elite in great style – it was her 14th title overall as Pajon has won a long number of titles in the Challenge classes since she was 9 years old. “This year it was my time, it’s just great”, Pajon said after her win.
Today’s winner among the junior women was Melinda McLeod from Australia, who also won the time trials yesterday. McLeod’s double world championship was ensured even after she was hit by a moped just before the time trial yesterday. “I focused on doing my best in the competition, and I’m proud I was able to leave the accident behind”, McLeod stated after her double World Championship victory.
Alfredo Campo from Ecuador won gold in the junior men’s competition after winning all his heats of the day – a big step on his way to getting into great results in the men’s elite next year.
Danish best on home ground
With two men in the quarterfinals and the Danish champion Morten Therkildsen in the semi finals, Denmark had its best World Championship results ever in the BMX Supercross on home ground in Copenhagen. Therkildsen finished 14th overall and and Klaus Boegh Andresen 21st.