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Ecuador's Jarrin Molina claims continental title

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Brian Buell (USA)

Brian Buell (USA)
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Mario Jarrin Molina (Ecuador) well clear of his competition.

Mario Jarrin Molina (Ecuador) well clear of his competition.
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Mario Jarrin Molina (Ecuador) at the front until the finish

Mario Jarrin Molina (Ecuador) at the front until the finish
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Mario Jarrin Molina (Ecuador) in the lead

Mario Jarrin Molina (Ecuador) in the lead
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Mario Jarrin Molina (Ecuador) leads out of the first corner in the men's final

Mario Jarrin Molina (Ecuador) leads out of the first corner in the men's final
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UCI Delegate Simon Burney talks to Guatemalan protesters blocking the track.

UCI Delegate Simon Burney talks to Guatemalan protesters blocking the track.
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Semifinal action

Semifinal action
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American Shawn Neer goes down

American Shawn Neer goes down
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American Shawn Neer goes down

American Shawn Neer goes down
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American Shawn Neer goes down

American Shawn Neer goes down
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American Shawn Neer starts to go down

American Shawn Neer starts to go down
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Quarterfinal action

Quarterfinal action
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Racers in the quarterfinals

Racers in the quarterfinals
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Quarterfinal action

Quarterfinal action
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Chris Van Dine (USA)

Chris Van Dine (USA)
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Shawn Neer (USA)

Shawn Neer (USA)
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The US squad waits for the racing to start

The US squad waits for the racing to start
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The Guatemalan organizers put together a nice, fast four cross course, with multiple passing options.  Antonio Leiva (Chile) was fastest in qualifying, with teammates Enrique Genova and Mauricio Acuña also highly ranked. All three made the final, but it was Ecuador's Mario Jarrin Molina who won the title with a very strong start that put him firmly into the lead by the first corner.

All three American men made the cut to go onto the four rider heats: Brian Buell, Shawn Neer and Chris Van Dine. Buell and Neer both went down in crashes in quarter and semi final action, with Neer joining Van Dine in a bizarre consolation final. Supposedly joining the two Americans in the fifth to eighth race was local Guatemalan rider Hugo Martinez, however, Martinez had been disqualified in the semi-final after cutting across in front of the other riders out of the gate.

Neither Martinez nor the Guatemalan spectators took this well, with a crowd of them occupying the first corner on the course and refusing to budge, delaying racing by at least 15-20 minutes as UCI delegate Simon Burney tried to persuade them to leave the course. It took the American riders rolling down the course (with no starting gate having been dropped), and beckoning Martinez to join them, before the course was cleared and the final could be raced.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Mario Jarrin Molina (Ecuador)
2Enrique Genova (Chile)
3Mauricio Acuña (Chile)
4Walace Miranda (Brazil)
5Chris Van Dine (United States Of America)
6Shawn Neer (United States Of America)
7Sebastian Chavez (Costa Rica)
8Brian Buell (United States Of America)
9Juan Gabriel Andrade (Ecuador)
10Dario Villagran (Guatemala)
11Michele Santonastaso (Guatemala)
12Mario Cornejo (Ecuador)
13Anderson Bastidas (Ecuador)
14José Batallas (Ecuador)
15Hugo Martinez (Guatemala)
16Carlos Teran (Venezuela)

Master men four cross
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Marcos Marra (Brazil)
2Lars Tribus (United States Of America)
3Patricio Mercado (Colombia)

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