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Tearful Sarah Walker to stick with BMX

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/05/2016

Sarah Walker holds her BMX Silver Medal after arriving home from the 2012 London Olympic Games. © Simon Watts/Getty Images Sarah Walker holds her BMX Silver Medal after arriving home from the 2012 London Olympic Games. An emotional Sarah Walker has vowed to ride on after her bid to reach a third Olympics ended in pain and tears.

Walker added to her bulging medical file when she suffered a shoulder injury after a fall while training for the world championships in Colombia.

The London Olympics silver medallist tried to ride through the soreness but failed to reach the quarter-finals, prompting disbelief, followed by sorrow.

"There's been multiple times when I shed a few tears and it's pretty heartbreaking," she said.

"I do BMX for more than just the Olympics. I do it because I love it."

Walker is used to overcoming injury setbacks. Since 2012, she has suffered damage to her shoulders, arms, collarbones and head.

The 27-year-old former world champion reckons her latest misfortune will only fuel the fire to bounce back, suggesting she wants to remain an international force.

"This is definitely just another bump in the road or another chapter to the book," she said.

"To get so close, and to finish here is a bit devastating. This is not the end. I've never been as good as I have over the last six months and I'm still getting stronger, and I'm still getting faster, and I still love it."

Walker's shoulder will be assessed by medical staff in New Zealand.

If she returns to the track this year, there are two rounds of the Supercross World Cup scheduled for the United States in September and October.

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