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August 2012

  • BMX: Pajon, Walker and Smulders Sweep Women's Race in London, Willoughby and Oquendo Grace Men’s Podium


    Posted almost 2 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Colombia’s BMX team has officially hit the map. Lead by Mariana Pajon, who claimed her nation’s very first victory in London by owning the Women’s race, the South American country continued its damage with countryman Carlos Oquemdo taking a third place finish in the Men’s event. “I started gymnastics when I was five, but I started BMX when I was three,” said Mariana, who also became the second Colombian ever to claim a Summer Games win. "I was doing gymnastics, BMX and cart racing. However BMX wasn’t at the Olympics and I wanted to be here, then BMX was introduced in Beijing and I started training.” Utterly smashing three semi-final runs in tantalizing style, she lead the pack of eight formidable riders through the first turn. She never relinquished the lead – cruising to a massive triumph over rivals from the across the Globe. Carlos wasn’t the only man of note (in the family) to grace the Men’s podium, however. Aussie smasher Sam Willoughby, who was crowned ...