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Buchanan silver medal at BMX world titles

Australia's Caroline Buchanan has won a silver medal at the BMX world championships in South Carolina

Buchanan silver medal at BMX world titles

Australia's Caroline Buchanan has won a silver medal at the BMX world championships in South Carolina

Australian star Caroline Buchanan was pipped by just 0.008 seconds, prompting emotional scenes after the women's final at cycling's BMX world championships.

Silver medallist Buchanan charged at race leader Alise Post in the final straight but was beaten in a photo finish by the American fiancee of Australian Olympic medallist Sam Willoughby.




Post's victory set off a wave of emotion in the packed stadium in Rock Hill, South Carolina, as she embraced Willoughby in his wheelchair trackside.

Willoughby was paralysed in a training accident last September and he and Post plan to marry on New Years Eve this year.

Buchanan had cruised through to the final, dominating opponents including reigning world champion Mariana Pajon in the earlier rounds.

"A lot of my focus has been on mountain biking (this year) so it's been a little bit different preparation but I really felt good on my bike coming into this event," Buchanan said.

"I won my quarter-final, won my semi-final and had first lane in the final. I got out really well, Alise came over and it's never over until the finish line.

"It was down to the wire, I couldn't believe it. I'm stoked for Alise, it's the first world championship that she has won."

Fellow Australian two-time Olympian Lauren Reynolds was seventh in the final, while Bodi Turner was sixth in the men's race, his best result at senior world championship level.


AAP



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