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Topseed Roberts had a chance to top Brit, but he landed hard with a quick jump and shook off the remaining second run.
Tokyo, Japan — Charlotte Worthington of the United Kingdom made a show at the BMX Freestyle Olympic debut, leading the first 360 backflip in the women’s competition to knock off Hannah Roberts in the United States on Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics.
At the age of 19, three-time world champion Roberts set the bar on the opening run and slammed with a tailspin of 96.1.
Worsington crashed on the first run, but pulled out all the stops on the second run. A 25-year-old woman added a front flip to a 360-degree buck and closed with another 97.5 buck.
Topseed Roberts had a chance to top Brit, but she landed hard from an early jump and shook off the remaining second run.
Switzerland’s Nikita Ducaro won the bronze medal at 89.2 on his second run.
The roots of BMX freestyle rim wrecking were planted in the flying action sports carnival of X games in the 1990s, and then in sectarian groups such as Dew Tour and Gravity Games.
BMX racing, a freestyle cousin, has participated in the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It continued to skyrocket until freestyle was included.
Freestyle, when it came under the umbrella of Union Cyclist International in 2016, of course made a big leap with a twist, further justifying the sport and providing top riders with a place to compete on the World Cup circuit.
The first BMX Freestyle Championship was held in 2017 and was won by Australian Roberts and Logan Martin. The sport has been added to the Olympic program in surfing, sport climbing, 3v3 basketball, skateboarding and karate.
BMX Freestyle, also known as BMX Park, is an oversized skatepark-like course that has the appeal of being a big hit when riders flip, twist and rotate the handlebars.
There are common words and phrases that mean something different in the park, such as Superman, truck driver, toboggan, and those words are pretty crazy.
Roberts has dominated the sport from an early age, winning three and three World Cup titles in the first four world championships by the age of 19. She won everything in 2019.
The difference between Roberts and the rest of the world: She grows bigger and moves more dynamically than anyone else.
She showed it off on her first run at Ariake Urban Sports Park, landing a bash with a burspin, a double-tailed whip, and another bash from the back wall.
Roberts set the bar at 96.1 on its opening run. This is almost 7 points more than her closest rival.
However, the Olympic stage brought out the best of the world’s top riders.
Worsington, who crashed on the first run, first removed the back roll 360, added a front flip, closed on another back roll and passed Roberts.
Roberts had his last chance to top Brit, but she landed hard with a quick jump and shook off the rest of the second run.
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