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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

RankBikeNameNOCGateTimeMark
165PHILLIPS LiamGBR123.280
27WILLERS MarcNZL423.492
3572BRETHAUER LuisGER824.377
492JASPERS MartijnNED725.322
549NYHAUG ToryCAN225.348
6457CALLAN JoshuaAUS526.159
7993NAGASAKO YoshitakuJPN641.877
895NOBLES BarryUSA355.801

Elite Women

RankBikeNameNOCGateTimeMark
168BUCHANAN CarolineAUS125.506
221REYNOLDS LaurenAUS726.802
37VALENTINO ManonFRA526.991
44MARTIN ArielleUSA827.240
58POST AliseUSA428.034
65PAJON MarianaCOL228.078
7469HERNANDEZ StefanyVEN31:13.347
8446DIAZ Maria GabrielaARG61:18.039

Junior Men

RankBikeNameNOCGateTimeMark
1275GAIAN SeanUSA123.513
2159MOLINA GonzaloARG523.808
3225RENCUREL JeremyFRA624.629
4222MAHIEU RomainFRA425.153
5273BYNDLOSS MaliekUSA725.329
6163CAIRNS MaxAUS325.343
7171KRONK TristynAUS825.746
8223MIR AmidouFRA226.451

Junior Women

RankBikeNameNOCGateTimeMark
1141STANCIL FeliciaUSA126.324
2139GLYNN ShayonaUSA327.483
3136SARTEN HannahNZL227.502
4132AZUERO GONZALEZ Domenica MichelleECU727.819
5135VAN HEES VivianaNED529.173
6142CASTILLO YerlinVEN830.673
7138SUVOROVA NataliaRUS659.341
8133SAILER SarahGER4DNF
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