Johannesburg schoolgirl seals world title for SA on BMX opening day

2010-07-30 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG — South African fans celebrated on the first day of the UCI BMX World championships, held at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg, as Johannesburg schoolgirl Georgina Grassie became the nation’s newest world champion when she won her 9 Girls (age group) main final to give the host nation their first title of the champs.

Grassie was all smiles and danced cheekily on the podium after she had held off concerted charges from Kiwi girls Jesse Smith and Mikayla Bearman.

Her world number one title was one of three medals won by South African riders on the opening day.

Durban racer Axel Webster grabbed the silver medal in the 11 Boys main final, while the third medal came from Nicole von Munster in the 10 Girls final.

New Zealand racers dominated in the junior challenge classes, winning golds in the 13 Girls, 5-6 Boys and 7 Boys categories, with Tahlia Hansen, Lachlan Stevens Mcnabb, and Rico Bearman respectively.

There were loud cheers for Zimbab­wean riders, who enjoyed neighbourly support from the local crowd as Tyler-Shae Donaldson (5-6 Girls) and Tayne Turnock (9 Boys) scooped world titles.

U.S. riders took home three junior world titles, which included world number one Julian Dittrick (8 Boys), Michael Gonza­lez (11 Boys) and the stand-out junior rider, Colin Hudson (13 Boys).

Grassie’s gold in the 9 Girls final crowned a thrilling start to the championships, watched by a big crowd at the Royal Showgrounds.

She took time to warm to the event, finishing third in her first moto.

A second earned her a place in the final where she found her feet and raced away to an early lead, which, even under considerable pressure from the two new Zealan­ders, she never relinquished.

Results

5-7,8 Girls: 1.Tyler-Shae Donaldson ZIM; 2. Desree Barnes AUS; 3. Darcie Taylor GBR

9 Girls: 1.Georgina Grassie RSA; 2.Jessie Smith NZL; 3.Mikayla Beraman NZL

10 Girls: 1.Kanami Tanno JPN; 2.Laurine Citi FRA; 3.Nicole van Munster RSA

11 Girls: 1.Saya Sakakibara JPN; 2.Dion Bromley AUS; 3.Shanayah Howell ARU

12 Girls: 1.Axelle Etienne FRA; 2.Manon Veenstra NED; 3.Merel Smulders NED

13 Girls: 1.Tahlia Hansen NZL; 2.Abigail Fox NZL; 3.Annaliese Rokov AUS

5,6 Boys: 1.Lachlan Stevens Mcnabb NZL; 2.Emilio Durini ECU; 3.Ondrej Matejik CZE

7 Boys: 1.Rico Bearman NZL; 2.Amakye Andersen USA; 3.Luke Rossiter GBR

8 Boys: 1.Julian Dittrick USA; 2.Shafath Moreeano ECU; 3.Wyatt Bell USA

9 Boys: 1.Tayne Turnock ZIM; 2.Reid Kuller AUS; 3.Matthew Denslow ZIM

10 Boys: 1.Jaden Rice AUS; 2.Baptiste Viellard FRA; 3.Broc Meter ZIM

11 Boys: 1.Michael Gonzales USA; 2.Axel Webster RSA; 3.Franco Ezeqiuel Soriano ARG

12 Boys: 1.Jake Tunney AUS; 2.Paolo Cortez ECU; 3.Giovanni Fini ARG

13 Boys: 1.Collin Hudson USA; 2.Juan Carlos Diaz Serna COL; 3.Brandon Te Hiko AUS

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