Mariana Pajón, the reigning queen of BMX Race, and G-Form athlete, has had a fantastic season winning the World Championships earlier this season and seemingly had no troubles winning yet another Gold in Rio. Mariana was the favorite going into the Rio Olympics, and the defending 2012 Olympic Gold medalist.
It didn’t seem like anyone could challenge her as she dominated her heats leading up to the final. Anything can happen in BMX; with so many variables and unexpected crashes it's hard to predict the outcome. As the gate dropped and Mariana took the first straight, there was no question that under 35 seconds she would be crowned the 2016 Olympic champion. Crossing the finish line elated, Mariana was crowned yet again.
In the men’s competition it really could have been anyone’s race. American, and G-Form Athlete, Connor Fields hasn’t actually had his best season up until now. Coming back from an early season hand injury that required surgery, Connor just made the US Olympic team with some great results during the weeks leading up to the games.
Connor was riding strong; winning some of his heats but didn’t dominate. He was able to pull off an incredible save in his final heat, just making it into the finals. Once the finals started, Connor was head to head with Australian Sam Willoughby, who had dominated the heats prior. Connor was able to pull a few extra powerful pedal strokes and surge into the lead during the final turns taking the win for team USA.
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