Sarah Walker wins Silver, London 2012
New Zealand BMX champion Sarah Walker completed unfinished business at the Olympics Games in 2012.
Walker, one of the world’s leading riders for several years, worked hard to earn the silver medal in the women’s event.
Though she made no mistake in the final, following super-slick Colombian Mariana Pajon all the way and finishing a clear second, Walker had some flutters on her path to the final.
The conditions were obviously quite challenging. There were a number of spills in the women’s races and in the men’s semi-finals, New Zealander Marc Willers hurt himself when he fell in his first outing.
Walker recorded a time of 38.113s, behind the flying Pajon’s 37.706s. Laura Smulders of The Netherlands was third in 38.231s.
New Zealand BMX coach Ken Cools described it as the best ride he had ever seen from Walker.
“Going into her third ride of the semis, she was on the point of elimination, but came through with a very solid ride. In the final, when she didn’t have the kindest of lane draws, she was outstanding.”
“The key was overcoming my fears,” Walker said later.