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Recovery the focus for injured Jones

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/05/2016

Top New Zealand BMX rider Trent Jones will miss the world championships in Colombia later this month.

Jones, 22, injured his shoulder when he crashed during the quarter-finals at last weekend's Supercross World Cup in the Netherlands.

With New Zealand sitting comfortably on the nation rankings to earn a men's spot at the Rio Olympics, the decision was made to withdraw world No.9 Jones from the world championships so he can fully recover.

Cycling NZ high performance director Mark Elliott said there was no need to take any risks with Jones' injury.

"Trent will be one of the riders who will be considered for selection for Rio, and the best outcome for his chances would be to receive treatment for his injury and allow him to focus on a return to full fitness."

Three New Zealand riders will now contest the world championships: London Olympics silver medallist Sarah Walker, Matt Cameron and North Harbour debutant Michael Bias.

Walker is making a competitive return 10 weeks after fracturing her arm, and opted to take a safety-first approach at the World Cup last weekend.

She decided windy conditions presented too many risks in the elimination rounds, rode off the back of the field in the three motos and failed to advance to the semi-finals.

Walker and Cameron are currently preparing in Florida for the world championships in Colombia on May 28-30.

New Zealand doesn't rank as one of the leading nations for Rio in the women's BMX, and Walker's chances of qualifying for one of the remaining individuals spots rely on her finishing position at the world championships.

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