Latviaâ€™s Maris Strombergs took the London 2012 BMX track by storm when he won his second Olympic gold after Beijing in 2008.
Strombergs, who did not exactly shine in the semi-finals earlier in the afternoon, showed his opposition a clean pair of heels in the final, outriding the 2012 UCI World Champion Sam Willoughby (AUS) who had to make do with silver. The bronze medal went to one of the two Colombians in the final, Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala.
The United Statesâ€™ hopes were dashed when Connor Fields crashed. The leader of the 2012 UCI World Cup crossed the finish line in 7th place, ahead of another crash victim, Great Britainâ€™s Liam Philips.
In the womenâ€™s competition, Colombiaâ€™s Mariana Pajon, 2011 World Champion, took Olympic gold in a final that saw her lead from start to finish. She was chased all the way by New Zealandâ€™s Sarah Walker, who nevertheless appeared delighted with her silver medal. Laura Smulders (NED) finished in third place. 2008 Olympic silver medallist LaÃ«ticia Le CorguillÃ© (FRA) finished out of the medals this year, in fourth place, while one of the big favourites Caroline Buchanan (AUS) and British hopeful Shanaze Reade never made up ground after their bad starts, finishing in 5th and 6th places respectively.
Photo: Maris Strombergs (LAT) leads Sam Willoughby (AUS) on his way to his second consecutive Olympic gold
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