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Three Kiwi BMX riders into semi-finals

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Trent Jones, 22, was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Olympics in August. © Getty Images Trent Jones, 22, was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Olympics in August.

Rio Olympian Trent Jones has led a three-strong group of New Zealand BMX riders through qualifying on the first day of the Supercross World Cup event in South Carolina.

Jones was eighth fastest in the time trial for the 16 seeded men at new Rock Hill track, the venue for next year's world championship.

Jones, 22, was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Olympics in August.

North Harbour's Michael Bias, who competed in his first elite world championship this year, has also qualified.

He finished with three fourth placings in the three qualifying motos to place 38th overall, with the top 48 male riders moving through to Saturday's racing.

Papakura teenager Jayden Fleming, making his World Cup debut, missed out on qualifying by countback.

The 16-year-old was third in the opening moto and sixth in the other two heats to finish on 15 points, tied for the final qualifying spot.

His elder sister Zoe Fleming, the Oceania junior champion, enjoyed better fortune, qualifying 13th after finishing with a fifth and two fourth placings in her three motos.

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