Pajon of Colombia wins women’s BMX gold

LONDON, Aug 10, 2012 – Mariana Pajon of Colombia won gold in the
women’s BMX final after finishing ahead of New Zealand’s Sarah Walker and
Dutchwoman Laura Smulders on Friday.

Walker took the silver medal with Smulders winning the bronze.

Pajon, who started from gate four, burst down the start ramp and took the
lead from the outset on the 440m women’s circuit and was never in danger of
being overtaken.

British gold medal hope Shanaze Reade lost ground midway through the race
and eventually finished sixth, one place behind Australia’s Caroline Buchanan.

“I can’t believe it. It’s like a dream come true,” said Pajon, who claimed
the women’s world title in Copenhagen in 2011.

“My whole life I am trying to win this. I want to win it again. I want go
out the gate and win it again. It’s unbelievable.”

The girl who started riding her bike at the age of four around her home
town of Medellin added: “I won the three motos (races) and the final. I felt
really strong, I had really good gates and that’s it. I really had fun.”

1. Mariana Pajón (COL) 37.706
2. Sarah Walker (NZL) 38.133
3. Laura Smulders (NED) 38.231
4. Laetitia le Corguille (FRA) 38.476
5. Caroline Buchanan (AUS) 38.903
6. Shanaze Reade (GBR) 39.247
7. Magalie Pottier (FRA) 39.395
8. Brooke Crain (USA) 40.286