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BMX freestyle gold and bronze for Team GB duo Worthington and Brooks


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harlotte Worthington sensationally won gold for Team GB in the first women’s BMX park freestyle final in Tokyo, while Declan Brooks took bronze in the men’s event.

The double success meant Britain have taken a medal in all four BMX events at these Games after the racing gold and silver for Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte.

In the inaugural women’s BMX freestyle at the Olympics, 25-year-old Worthington nailed the first ever 360 backflip to be performed in the competition in a huge second run – having crashed attempting the move in her first.

It was just one of several highlights in a second effort that earned the Mancunian a monster score of 97.50, which proved too much for US sensation Hannah Roberts to haul in.

Having made the 360 stick early in her run, a confident-looking Worthington also threw in a front flip and a huge backflip to pad her scoring and deliver yet another BMX medal for Britain after the racing gold and silver for Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte.

Worthington had shown her ambition in the first run as she attempted the 360 backflip, but missed the landing to hit the deck, leaving her well down the standings after the opening round.

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Roberts had topped the standings after an opening run worth 96.10, but when she pulled up early in her second run, gold for Worthington was guaranteed.

Worthington paid tribute to Roberts, telling the BBC: “I’ve been dreaming about this for four years and it still feels like I’m dreaming.

“It was incredible. I’ve not been doing that trick for that long, but we’ve been trying to find that big banger trick and when we found it we were like, ‘I think this is the one’.


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