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Junior titles only for Kiwi BMX hopefuls

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/05/2016

New Zealand's men fell short of the final at the BMX world championships in Colombia leaving the Kiwi contingent to reflect on success at junior level only.

After finishing second in both his second-round race and the quarter-finals at Medellin, Matthew Cameron could only manage sixth in his semi-final to miss a spot in the eight-man final.

His semi-final was won by French Olympic silver medallist Joris Daudet, who went on to win the final.

Earlier, Kiwi Michael Bias bowed out when he was sixth in his second round heat.

New Zealand is likely to have one men's rider eligible to compete at the Rio Olympics, with the selectors likely to nominate either Cameron or top-ranked Trent Jones, who missed the world championships with a shoulder injury.

A Kiwi woman won't race at Rio after London Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker failed to reach the women's quarter-finals on Sunday, having injured her shoulder in practice.

New Zealand could celebrate a handful of age group titles, with the highlight being a junior men's crown won by Maynard Peel.

The Auckland 16-year-old made his move on the final turn to become New Zealand's first male junior world champion.

Walker, the only Kiwi to have won a junior women's title, was an inspiration to Peel.

"I owe a lot to Sarah who really looked out for me. She helped my mental approach and was the one to speak to me about following process. And for her to congratulate me after was special," he said.

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