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Buchanan puts Olympic demons to bed in BMX World Championships

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Australian Caroline Buchanan put the demons of the London Olympics behind her when she won the Elite Women’s title at the UCI BMX World Championships inside the Vector Arena.

“I had first lane choice at London,” said Buchanan “I took lane 3 and blew it. I made sure I didn’t make the same mistake again and went for lane one this time around.”

She got the holeshot and cut off Olympic champion Mariana Pajon in the first straight, taking the Colombian out of contention.

Mens elite world champion liam Phillips (GBR) leads the field out of turn one ahead of silver medalist Marc Willers (NZL) during ICU BMX World Championships at Vector Arena, Auckland, Sunday July 28, 2013. (Picture Ross Land)

Mens elite world champion liam Phillips (GBR) leads the field out of turn one ahead of silver medalist Marc Willers (NZL) during ICU BMX World Championships at Vector Arena, Auckland, Sunday July 28, 2013. (Picture Ross Land)

Womens elite gold medalist Caroline Buchanan waves to the crowd following her win in the final at the ICU BMX World Championships at Vector Arena, Auckland, Sunday July 28, 2013. (Picture Ross Land)

Womens elite gold medalist Caroline Buchanan waves to the crowd following her win in the final at the ICU BMX World Championships at Vector Arena, Auckland, Sunday July 28, 2013. (Picture Ross Land)

“When it comes to finals you’ve got to release the mongrel and get aggressive. I just wanted to get out front and stay out of trouble,” said Buchanan.

Once the dust settled fellow Australian Lauren Reynolds was second and Manon Valentino of France was third.

Auckland was the first international BMX event Buchanan has done since the Olympics. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed.” And it’s not over yet. Buchanan will be contesting the World Downhill Mountain bike and Mountain bike 4 Cross championships – a title she has won twice before – over the next two months.

There was no fairy tale ending for home town darling Sarah Walker who was already nursing a broken arm in a special protective splint.

She came down in practice before racing and in an effort to protect the arm she landed heavily on her shoulder stretching the AC joint. She rolled around at the back of the three qualifying motos to end her meeting.

Englishman Liam Phillips made the most of his opportunities after most of the sport’s heavy hitters had eliminated one another in a quarter final crash fest.

Kiwi Marc Willers was the only World Champion finalist from last year to make it through the eights, quarters and semi-finals to the main event.

Phillips led from the start and once Willers decided not to attempt a “death or glory” passing move in the second corner, the Englishman was home and hosed.

“Apart from 2011, I’ve been to every Worlds since 1996 when I was a kid,” said Phillips. “It’s the first time I’ve won.”

After the Olympics, Phillips said he decided to target the World Championships. He didn’t race on the USA pro circuit but stayed home and trained on and indoor track at Manchester similar to the one at Vector Arena.

“We knew it would be tight and planned for this,” said Phillips. “I knew my form was quite good when I won the Manchester World Cup, but then I made mistakes at the next two World Cups in Europe.”

“I just wanted to keep the mistakes to a minimum and I managed that.”

Felicia Stancil of the United States added to her impressive growing list of World titles when she took out the Junior Women’s crown – her 14th in succession as she has come through the age grades. It was her second success in 24 hours after winning the time trial on Saturday.

Shayona Glynn made it a USA double and first year junior Hannah Sarten claimed third for New Zealand.

America was also successful in the junior men with Sean Gaian, claiming the title from Argentina’s Gonzalo Molina and Jeremy Rencurel of France.

Elite Men

Rank Bike Name NOC Gate Time Mark
1 65 PHILLIPS Liam GBR 1 23.280
2 7 WILLERS Marc NZL 4 23.492
3 572 BRETHAUER Luis GER 8 24.377
4 92 JASPERS Martijn NED 7 25.322
5 49 NYHAUG Tory CAN 2 25.348
6 457 CALLAN Joshua AUS 5 26.159
7 993 NAGASAKO Yoshitaku JPN 6 41.877
8 95 NOBLES Barry USA 3 55.801

Elite Women

Rank Bike Name NOC Gate Time Mark
1 68 BUCHANAN Caroline AUS 1 25.506
2 21 REYNOLDS Lauren AUS 7 26.802
3 7 VALENTINO Manon FRA 5 26.991
4 4 MARTIN Arielle USA 8 27.240
5 8 POST Alise USA 4 28.034
6 5 PAJON Mariana COL 2 28.078
7 469 HERNANDEZ Stefany VEN 3 1:13.347
8 446 DIAZ Maria Gabriela ARG 6 1:18.039

Junior Men

Rank Bike Name NOC Gate Time Mark
1 275 GAIAN Sean USA 1 23.513
2 159 MOLINA Gonzalo ARG 5 23.808
3 225 RENCUREL Jeremy FRA 6 24.629
4 222 MAHIEU Romain FRA 4 25.153
5 273 BYNDLOSS Maliek USA 7 25.329
6 163 CAIRNS Max AUS 3 25.343
7 171 KRONK Tristyn AUS 8 25.746
8 223 MIR Amidou FRA 2 26.451

Junior Women

Rank Bike Name NOC Gate Time Mark
1 141 STANCIL Felicia USA 1 26.324
2 139 GLYNN Shayona USA 3 27.483
3 136 SARTEN Hannah NZL 2 27.502
4 132 AZUERO GONZALEZ Domenica Michelle ECU 7 27.819
5 135 VAN HEES Viviana NED 5 29.173
6 142 CASTILLO Yerlin VEN 8 30.673
7 138 SUVOROVA Natalia RUS 6 59.341
8 133 SAILER Sarah GER 4 DNF
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