Great Britain’s Bethany Shriever and Kye Whyte pulled off a stunning medal double in the BMX racing on a stupendous morning for British cycling. Shriever won a dominant gold medal in the women’s race shortly after Whyte grabbed a silver medal in the men’s.
After an intense session of men’s and women’s semi-finals and final heats, Whyte and Shriever had survived a brutal day of racing in which two competitors were carried off on stretchers the course in separate races to mark their spot in their respective finals. Whyte finished with a time of 39.167sec after establishing his position in second place and then rapidly closing the gap on the eventual winner, missing Niek Kimmann of the Netherlands in the gold medal spot by 0.144.
Shriever took her place in the final after an extremely dominant set of semi-final runs. While most races on the day were closely contested, the Briton breezed through all three of her semi-finals by large distances and she had established herself as one of the superior women’s riders going into the final.
Once she arrived there, she repeated her form again under pressure, establishing a clear lead early on. She was tracked all the way by Mariana Pajón of Colombia but she maintained her composure and held on to take the gold medal with the time of 44.358, winning by just 0.090.
Whyte, from Peckham in south London, remained on the side of the tracks to watch the women’s race and as Shriever dismounted from her bike, Whyte sprinted over to her and lifted her into the sky in their shared joy. tuttavia, in those first moments after her win she could barely move or even react. She had left every ounce of energy she had on the course.