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BMX crash dents Walker's Olympic hopes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/05/2016

A crash in practice at the BMX world championships in Colombia has dented Sarah Walker's hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

Walker damaged her shoulder in the fall, but is still hoping to ride competitively in the elimination races in Medellin on Monday (NZT).

The London Olympics silver medallist rolled around the circuit in the time trial to record a time which ensures a start in elimination racing.

If she is fit to race, she will need to finish in the top two individuals who have not already qualified to make her third Olympics.

Coach Ryan Hollows is still hopeful Walker can qualify despite her damaged shoulder.

"It's gutting for her. Sarah has trained so hard after coming back from her broken arm and had been strong in practice.

"The track is quite technical for the women and she just got the first jump slightly offline".

Racing gets under way on Monday (NZT) with three qualifying motos, with the top four riders from each group advancing to the elimination rounds.

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