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Walker back in BMX action

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/04/2016

Cycling NZ BMX coach Ryan Hollows says the immediate focus is getting Walker back into competition and confident in her riding again. © AAP Image/NZN, Cleo Fraser Cycling NZ BMX coach Ryan Hollows says the immediate focus is getting Walker back into competition and confident in her riding again. BMX rider Sarah Walker is preparing to return to action in her bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics after recovering from a fractured arm.

Walker, silver medallist at the London Games four years ago, suffered a double fracture during practice in Cambridge in February.

The 27-year-old will head to Europe on Saturday to join the rest of the New Zealand team for the World Cup Supercross event in the Netherlands the following weekend.

The team will then go to Florida to train ahead of the world championships in Colombia at the end of May, which will be the final qualifying event for selection to Rio.

At present, New Zealand are ranked 11th in the world for men, which will guarantee one spot in the Olympics.

But the country's ranking for women is 13th, below the cut-off to earn a place for Rio.

There are two other qualifying options: Being among the three highest individuals from nations not already qualified and claiming one of two additional places available at the end of the world championships.

Cycling NZ BMX coach Ryan Hollows says the immediate focus is getting Walker back into competition and confident in her riding again.

"She has trained very well and has not lost any of her strength and fitness," he said.

"Sarah was in outstanding form prior to the accident and we're confident she will be back to that level, and then the results will take care of themselves."

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