The US Finally Wins Olympic Gold in BMX

Thanks to Connor Fields
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2016 2:20 PM CDT
Connor Fields of the United States, top, celebrates after winning gold in the men's BMX cycling final next to third placed Carlos Ramirez Yepes of Colombia, bottom, during the 2016 Summer Olympics in...   (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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(Newser) – The United States has ended its gold medal drought in BMX cycling after Connor Fields took the men's final on Friday at the Rio Olympics. The AP reports Fields won with a time of 34.622 seconds, beating the Netherlands' Jelle van Gorkom by 0.684 seconds. It's the first time that Team USA has won BMX since the American-born action sport became an Olympic medal event in 2008. The United States also returned to the podium after getting shut out in 2012 in London. There was a photo finish for third, with Carlos Ramirez Yepes of Colombia just edging out the United States' Nic Long for the bronze.

On the women's side, Colombia's Mariana Pajon successfully defended her gold medal. The fan favorite in Rio raced to the front early and completed the nearly quarter mile-long course filled with bumps and twists in 34.093 seconds, 0.342 seconds faster than silver medalist Alise Post of the United States. Stefany Hernandez of Venezuela won the bronze. (Read more Rio Olympics stories.)

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