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Tokyo Olympics: BMX Freestyle gallery

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TOPSHOT Australias Logan Martin competes in the cycling BMX freestyle mens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

Australia's Logan Martin in the BMX freestyle final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo Olympic Games (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Hannah Roberts of Team United States waves to the fans prior to the Womens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

The nine women who would later take to the park to decide who would become the first ever Olympic medallists in the sport of BMX Freestyle (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Natalya Diehm of Team Australia practices prior to the Womens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Natalya Diehm of Australia practices before the women's final of the BMX Freestyle at Ariake Urban Sports Park (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Natalya Diehm of Team Australia competes during the Womens Park Final run 1 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

Natalya Diehm (Australia) during competition, doing one of the tricks that put her in fifth place (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Lara Lessmann of Team Germany competes during the Womens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

Lara Lessmann of Germany, who finished sixth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Nikita Ducarroz of Team Switzerland competes in the Womens Park Final run 1 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

Bronze medallist Nikita Ducarroz of Switzerland (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Perris Benegas of Team United States competes in the during the Womens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Perris Benegas, one of the two competitors in the women's field from the United States, who finished in fourth place. (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Hannah Roberts of Team United States competes in the during the Womens Park Final run 1 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

Favourite Hannah Roberts of the United States (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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USAs Hannah Roberts competes in the cycling BMX freestyle womens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

Hannah Roberts (United States) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Hannah Roberts of Team United States reacts after completing her first run during the Womens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

Three-time world champion Hannah Roberts of the United States roars with delight after laying down a hard to beat minute of tricks in her first run (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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USAs Hannah Roberts competes in the cycling BMX freestyle womens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE AFP Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTUREAFP via Getty Images

Hannah Roberts (United States) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Hannah Roberts of Team United States gestures to the crowd after pulling out of run 2 during the Womens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Hannah Roberts (United States) gestures to the crowd after conceding to Worthington after pulling out of her final run (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Russias Elizaveta Posadskikh falls in the cycling BMX freestyle womens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

A hard fall for Russias Elizaveta Posadskikh (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Charlotte Worthington of Team Great Britain prepares for her run during the Womens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Great Britain's Worthington prepares for her run (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Charlotte Worthington of Team Great Britain competes in the during the Womens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

There was no holding back for Great Britain's Charlotte Worthington (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Charlotte Worthington of Team Great Britain performs a trick in front of the Olympic rings during the Womens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Charlotte Worthington (Great Britain) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOPSHOT Britains Charlotte Worthington competes in the cycling BMX freestyle womens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

Charlotte Worthington (Great Britain) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Britains Charlotte Worthington competes in the cycling BMX freestyle womens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE AFP Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTUREAFP via Getty Images

Charlotte Worthington (Great Britain) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Britains Charlotte Worthington reacts after her run in the cycling BMX freestyle womens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

Worthington, understandably delighted after a trick filled final run that included the first ever backflip 360 seen in women's competition (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Charlotte Worthington of Team Great Britain reacts to his second run score during the Womens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

And the winner is Charlotte Worthington of Great Britain (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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From L to R Silver medallist USAs Hannah Roberts gold medallist Britains Charlotte Worthington and bronze medallist Switzerlands Nikita Ducarroz stand on the podium for the victory ceremony of the cycling BMX freestyle womens park event at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

Silver medallist Hannah Roberts (USA) gold medallist Charlotte Worthington (GBR) and bronze medallist Nikita Ducarroz (SWI) on the podium for the first-ever medal ceremony for BMX Freestyle at the Olympic Games (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Logan Martin of Team Australia looks on from under a umbrella prior to the Mens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

World Champion Logan Martin of Australia watches the competition (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Declan Brooks of Team Great Britain preforms a backflip during the Mens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Declan Brooks (Great Britain) on his way to bronze (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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USAs Justin Dowell competes in the cycling BMX freestyle mens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE AFP Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTUREAFP via Getty Images

Justin Dowell, one of two competitors from the United States in the men's competition (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Justin Dowell of Team United States competes during the Mens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

2018 world champion, Justin Dowell (United States) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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USAs Justin Dowell competes in the cycling BMX freestyle mens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

Justin Dowell (United States) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Justin Dowell of Team United States crashes out during the Mens Park Final run 1 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

It didn't end well for Justin Dowell (United States) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Nick Bruce of Team United States crashes out during the Mens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

And nor did it end well for an injured Nick Bruce (United States) who crashed in his first run and didn't take to the park for his second. That left the world's top ranked nation taking the last two places. (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Rim Nakamura of Team Japan competes in the Mens Park Final run 1 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

Home nation competitor Rim Nakamura who came fifth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Japans Rim Nakamura competes in the cycling BMX freestyle mens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

Rim Nakamura (Japan) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Costa Ricas Kenneth Tencio Esquivel competes in the cycling BMX freestyle mens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

Kenneth Tencio Esquivel of Costa Rica who just missed out on the medals (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Costa Ricas Kenneth Tencio Esquivel competes in the cycling BMX freestyle mens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Jeff PACHOUD AFP Photo by JEFF PACHOUDAFP via Getty Images

Kenneth Tencio Esquivel (Costa Rica) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Daniel Dhers of Team Venezuela competes during the Mens Park Final run 1 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Daniel Dhers (Venezuela) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Daniel Dhers of Team Venezuela competes during the Mens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Daniel Dhers (Venezuela) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Daniel Dhers of Team Venezuela celebrates after his first run during the Mens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

Daniel Dhers of Venezuela, celebrating after his silver medal winning run (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Logan Martin of Team Australia competes in the during the Mens Park Final run 1 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

World champion Logan Martin (Australia) sets a high bar (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Logan Martin of Team Australia competes in the during the Mens Park Final run 1 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Logan Martin (Australia) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Logan Martin of Team Australia practices prior to the Mens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Logan Martin (Australia) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Logan Martin of Team Australia performs a trick during the Mens Park Final run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images

Logan Martin (Australia) delivering a bike flip on the second run (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Australias Logan Martin competes in the cycling BMX freestyle mens park final at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 1 2021 Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE AFP Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTUREAFP via Getty Images

Logan Martin (Australia) secures gold with his first run, so had time to celebrate in his second (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 LR Silver Medalist Daniel Dhers of Team Venezuela Gold Medalist Logan Martin of Team Australia and Bronze Medalist Declan Brooks of Team Great Britain pose for a photo on the podium after the Mens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Silver medallist Daniel Dhers (Venezuela), gold medallist Logan Martin (Australia) and bronze medalist Declan Brooks (Great Britain) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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TOKYO JAPAN AUGUST 01 Logan Martin of Team Australia celebrates winning gold during the Mens Park Final of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on August 01 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Jamie SquireGetty Images

Logan Martin (Australia) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

It was an Olympic Games debut for BMX Freestyle in Tokyo and Great Britain's Charlotte Worthington secured the first-ever gold medal in the event with a gutsy history-making backflip 360. Then in the men's competition the sheer precision in the execution of the "safety run" laid down by Logan Martin delivered victory for the Australian with a knack for delivering in the landmark moments.

Great Britain's Worthington went all in with the high risk strategy, attempting a trick never before seen in women's competition and she fell in her first attempt. Three-time world champion Hannah Roberts of the United States then went on to deliver such a well executed, trick filled first run that she laster said "might have been one of the best runs I've ever done." It earned he a score of 96.1.

That meant Worthington's next minute on the Ariake Urban Sports Park had to be nothing short of spectacular to even have a chance at gold, so she got back up and pulled off that backflip 360, nestled within a spectacular series of tricks, to overtake the high mark set by Roberts. The rider from Manshester chalked up a huge score of 97.5 to take the victory with an audacious performance that left her competition with nothing to do but voice their admiration.

For Australia's Martin, his first run wasn't about taking risks but about safety, with the rider from the Gold Coast indicating at the end of his first minute that he had more to reveal. The run of tricks, however, was so well executed that, even though he was holding something in reserve, he shot straight into the gold medal position. Now, the top seeded rider just had to sit back and see if any one of the other eight could top him with their second run.

The closest was Venezuela Daniel Dhers who, clearly delighted with his run, managed to deliver a score of 92.05. That was enough for silver but not to challenge the 93.3 Martin delivered in his first minute long appearance. That meant the Australian had nothing left to do but savour the victory when he lined up as the last rider on the park. He delivered a front bike flip anyway, for the benefit of those watching, before celebrating Olympic gold.


For pictures of the flips, tailwhips, falls and celebrations delivered by the 18 riders who took part in the first-ever Olympics appearance for BMX Freestyle, click through the gallery above.