Heartbreak for SA stars at BMX world titles

Heartbreak for SA stars at BMX world titles

Australia produced some excellent results at the UCI BMX World Championship in Zolder, Belgium, but luck wasn't riding for SASI and Australia elite pair Anthony Dean and Matt Tidswell in key moments

Anthony Dean BMX jump

THE highs and lows of top-level BMX competition again was on show for some athletes at Belgium's world titles with SASI's elite pair Anthony Dean and Matt Tidswell not enjoying the luck of battle when needed.

Dean suffered a crash in his final to place sixth overall, while fellow Tokyo Olympic hopeful Saya Sakakibara also incurred a similar result in his final.

Dean, a Rio Olympic finalist, looked in great shape in the heats on a wet and slippery track before crashing on the first berm.

The US-based athlete approached the first corner of the elite men’s final in third place before he crashed, quashing his hopes of a top-three finish.

In a quirky unwanted stat Dean fell at the same spot as he did in the final of the 2015 world championships.

But typical of Dean's attitude he is not letting his recent disappointment mar his approach to next year's Olympics, buoyed by his form leading into the final.

“I was having such a great day winning five laps, and a third in the semi-final. I was set up for a great day,” Dean said.

“I had a perfect gate, but just wheelie’d to the bottom, and that is what cost me. I went into the first turn in third, was coming out going for second and just caught the guy’s wheel in front of me who was turning really high in the wet conditions.

“I was in a bad spot turning at the wrong time.

“(I am) pretty disappointed, I felt like this was the day it could have been mine, but what are you going to do?  I will just come back and try again.”

Tidswell was among the favourites heading to Belgium. But on the first jump of his first moto he came down hard and suffered an ankle injury which ruled him out for the rest of the day.

Australia’s riders will set their sights on stage 5 of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series in Adelaide.

Dean also will have a short break in Adelaide before heading back to the US for the final four world cups of 2019.

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