The Brazilian BMX Racing team won three medals in the championship class races that took place this Saturday (5/20) on the track in the city of Riobamba, Ecuador. Paola Reis was the main star, finishing with the continental title in the Women’s Elite category and securing a place for Brazil at the Paris Olympics.
With the presence of some of the main riders of the continent, the Pan presented a very high technical level, mainly because it considered the Elite champion countries with a direct vacancy for Paris2024. Despite the guarantee, the vacancy is not cumulative and will only be effective if the country does not appear in any other criteria at the end of the classification period.
Paola dominated the final of the women’s race, opening up an advantage from the start. Gradually, Brazilian favoritism consolidated to celebrate the gold medal and ensure Brazilian participation in the Olympics. Canada’s Molly Simpson won silver, closely followed by Brazil’s Priscilla Stevaux who took bronze. Maite Navez finished in 9th place.
“It’s very satisfying to be Pan American champion in a pre-Olympic year, with all the athletes trying to add points to the world rankings and also chasing the long-awaited Olympic spot. I’m very happy with the result and for having managed to obtain the participation of the Brazilian women’s BMX in Paris 2024. Now it’s time to train even more and to stay focused on the next objectives. Thank you very much to all those who remained in the crowd”, said underlined Paola.
Among the Elite Men, Pedro Queiroz is in 9th place, Guilherme Ribeiro finishes in 10th place and Bruno Cogo in 12th place. American Larsen Kamren won first place, while Colombians Carlos Alberto and Angel Santiago won silver and bronze.
Among the athletes in the junior category, representing the new generation, Guylherme Paradellas won the silver medal and Maria Eduarda ranked 6th. Already in under 23, Caroline Amazonas ended up falling in the final and finished in 8th place, while Vicente Garcia finished in 7th place. Full results for all categories can be viewed at Pan American Confederation website.
The Brazilians will face off again in Ecuador this Sunday, contesting the third round of the Latin American BMX Racing Cup.
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