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Walker dominates BMX nationals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/04/2017

London Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker has enjoyed a successful final hit-out before she heads to Europe to kick-start her international BMX career.

Ten years after she first entered the elite grades, Walker took out the yet another national title at Te Awamutu on Saturday.

She was unbeaten across all three motos to claim the title, as organisers worked hard to keep the racing on schedule in rapidly changing conditions.

Local Te Awamutu rider Rebecca Petch finished second in each moto, with Tahlia Hansen (North Canterbury) third.

Walker said she'd had to work hard to keep Petch under wraps.

"It was really good racing - I had good battles with Rebecca in all three races.

"It was cool to see her step up and give it everything, and it provided some good tough racing for me."

Walker was also in full praise of the track conditions, despite the intermittent rain.

"We had four seasons in half an hour. The track is so smooth and to handle the storms that came through and still be a really fast track was an amazing job."

Walker, who has been beset by injuries for the last few years, heads to Europe on Sunday where she will train with London Olympic bronze medallist Laura Smulders at Papendal in the Netherlands.

The opening rounds of the BMX World Cup Supercross will be held there next month.

Gisborne's Nick Fox, who has raced successfully in USA in recent years, took out the elite men's final over world championship representative Michael Bias (North Harbour) and talented local rider Cole McOnie.

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