American BMX Riders Finish in Top 10

The women of the U.S. BMX Olympic team took the track at the Olympic BMX Centre first and finished in the top eight.

Both American riders put up strong times. Brooke Crain, after some much-needed experience in the London Games, posted a time of 35.345, which seeded her in 7th place. She was on pace to go under 35 seconds, but slowed a bit in the rhythm section on the final leg.

Alise Post finished in 8th place with a time of 35.509. Post is a University of San Diego student and has trained with the BMX team at thte Olympic-sized track in Chula Vista, California.

An experienced group of riders, including 25-year-old Alise Post, now training at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center want to restore America’s dominance in Rio. NBC 7’s Steven Luke reports.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist proved why she owns that title. Colombian Mariana Pajon dominated the field with a time of 34.508. It was a relaxed but quick run where she landed each of the jumps softly.

Of the 16 women, the only other rider under 35 seconds was Australian Caroline Buchanan, who won the time trials at the BMX Worlds in May and a silver medal at the World Championships.

When it was the men's turn, the U.S. team showed up to compete.

Connor Fields ended the day in fourth place, Corben Sharrah in fifth and Lakeside native Nic Long in ninth.

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