Olympics: Great Britain takes a gold and silver medal in BMX racing

TOKYO JAPAN JULY 30 LR Silver medalist Kye Whyte and gold medalist Bethany Shriever of Team Great Britain pose for a photograph while holding the flag of they country during the BMX final on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 30 2021 in Tokyo Japan Photo by Ezra ShawGetty Images
Kye Whyte (Great Britain) takes silver in the men's BMX racing with Bethany Shriver (Great Britain) takes gold (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

It was a gold and silver medal for Great Britain in the BMX racing on Friday, with Bethany Shriever taking out a tight battle with two-time Olympic champion Mariana Pajon (Colombia) in the women’s event at the Tokyo Olympic Games, while in the men’s race Kye Whyte took out the silver medal behind Dutch rider Niek Kimmann. 

The men’s final was first, with Kimmann and Romain Mahieu (France) the top qualifiers from the semi final rounds. However, it was Kimmann and the 21-year-old Whyte who were fastest out of the gate with the pair settling into their finishing positions on the very first corner. Colombia’s Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes worked his way through the field to take his second Olympic bronze, having also come third in the event at Rio. Mahieu ended up in sixth.

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