Semi-finals at the 2022 Urban Cycling World Championships
November 11, 2022
Dowell, Fox, Sandoval, Christopher and Thiem qualified in the top 24, progressing to the next round of the World Championships.
November 11, 2022 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ — Dowell, Fox, Sandoval, Christopher and Thiem qualified in the top 24, progressing to the next round of the World Championships.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Competition kicked off on Friday for the BMX Freestyle Park Elite Men at the 2022 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships. 63 men started their qualifying races today, with the top 24 advancing to the semi-finals of tomorrow.
Five Americans transferred to the next round, including Justin Dowell (Virginia Beach, Virginia; Hyper BMX), Brian Fox (Commerce, Georgia; Woodward Camp), Daniel Sandoval (Corona, CA; Free Agent Bikes), Mark Christopher (Canton, Ohio; DK Bicycles), and Jacob Thiem (Kennard, Neb.; Free Agent Bikes).
In the face of extreme heat and sun, the qualifying rounds of the World Championships were nothing short of exciting. The team was extremely calculated with their runs to do just enough to qualify for the semis.
Ankle was the top American, qualifying fourth, leaving more in the tank for the semis. Fox returned to competition this year, crushing the World Cup circuit, and entered the World Championships more prepared than ever. He placed sixth in qualifying with an average score of 83.35. Sandoval found his rhythm and scored 80.66, placing it 13e. 19 years old Christopher rode exceptionally well for his first world championship contest finishing just behind his teammate in 16e. Thiem completed qualifying by taking all 20e place. Try was on course for two big races but unfortunately crashed both missing the next lap.
Elite Men qualifying results:
1. Rimu Nakamura (JPN) – 89.57
2. Jose Torres (ARG) – 87.45
3. Anthony Jean Jean (FRA) – 86.52
4. Justin Dowell (US) – 84.53
6. Brian Fox (US) – 83.35
13. Daniel Sandoval (US) – 80.66
14. Mark Christopher (US) – 80.36
20. Jacob Thiem (US) – 74.62
43. Bryce Tryon (US) – 48.60
The men are back on the course tomorrow for their semi-finals. Then, on Sunday, 12 men and 12 women will compete in the final! Watch it live on FloBikes.
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