Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's BMX

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Men's BMX
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueLaoshan BMX Field
DateAugust 20, 2008 (seeding and
quarterfinals)
August 22, 2008 (semifinals and
final)
Competitors32 from 20 nations
Winning time36.190
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Māris Štrombergs  Latvia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mike Day  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Donny Robinson  United States
2012 →

The men's BMX cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on August 20–22 at the Laoshan BMX Field, the first to be officially featured in the Olympic cycling program.

Latvia's Māris Štrombergs powered his lead over the eight-strong final squad from the start to grab his nation's first ever gold medal at the Games. He stormed home on a sprint run to a spectacular finish in 36.190, leaving the American duo Mike Day and Donny Robinson far behind at 36.606 and 36.972 only for the silver and bronze medals respectively.[1][2]

Qualification[edit]

Thirty-two riders representing twenty countries are qualified for the event. Qualification was based on UCI ranking by nations, 2008 UCI BMX World Championships results and wild-cards reserved to a Tripartite Commission (IOC, ANOC, UCI).[3]

Competition format[edit]

Each of the 32 men competing performed two runs of the course in individual time trials to determine seeding for the knockout rounds. Then, they were grouped into 4 quarterfinal groups based on that seeding. Each quarterfinal consisted of three runs of the course, using a point-for-place system. The top four cyclists in each quarterfinal (for a total of 16) moved on to the semifinals. The semifinals also used a three-race point-for-place system to determine which cyclists advanced, with the top four in each of the two semifinals moving on to the final. Unlike the previous two rounds, the final consisted of a single race with the first to the finish line claiming the gold medal.[4]

Schedule[edit]

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)[5]

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 09:00 Seeding
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 11:40 Quarterfinals
Friday, 22 August 2008 09:00 Semifinals and final

Results[edit]

Seeding[edit]

Rank Name Time Notes
1  Mike Day (USA) 35.692
2  Māris Štrombergs (LAT) 35.910
3  Damien Godet (FRA) 36.008
4  Artūrs Matisons (LAT) 36.072
5  Raymon van der Biezen (NED) 36.112
6  Sergio Salazar (COL) 36.145
7  Augusto Castro (COL) 36.301
8  Jonathan Suárez (VEN) 36.325
9  Andrés Jiménez Caicedo (COL) 36.339
10  Manuel de Vecchi (ITA) 36.351
11  Jared Graves (AUS) 36.372
12  Kyle Bennett (USA) 36.421
13  Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA) 36.428
14  Roger Rinderknecht (SUI) 36.466
15  Kamakazi (AUS) 36.492
16  Ivo Lakučs (LAT) 36.509
17  Marc Willers (NZL) 36.519
18  Rob van den Wildenberg (NED) 36.522
19  Thomas Allier (FRA) 36.649
20  Michal Prokop (CZE) 36.689
21  Ramiro Marino (ARG) 36.768
22  Luke Madill (AUS) 36.795
23  Robert de Wilde (NED) 36.803
24  Donny Robinson (USA) 36.810
24  Emilio Falla (ECU) 36.993
26  Scott Erwood (CAN) 37.050
27  Cristian Becerine (ARG) 37.253
28  Liam Phillips (GBR) 37.392
29  Henrik Baltzersen (DEN) 37.635
30  Sebastian Kartfjord (NOR) 38.688
31  Vilmos Radasics (HUN) 38.830
32  Akifumi Sakamoto (JPN) 40.548

Quarterfinals[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1  Mike Day (USA) 36.170 (1) 36.080 (1) 36.122 (1) 3 Q
2  Marc Willers (NZL) 47.614 (4) 36.253 (3) 36.278 (2) 9 Q
3  Donny Robinson (USA) 48.906 (6) 36.235 (2) 36.490 (3) 11 Q
4  Andrés Jiménez Caicedo (COL) 36.619 (2) 36.939 (5) 36.660 (4) 11 Q
5  Jonathan Suárez (VEN) 53.614 (8) 36.481 (4) 36.789 (5) 17
6  Emilio Falla (ECU) 37.080 (3) 37.381 (6) 1:02.877 (8) 17
7  Akifumi Sakamoto (JPN) 48.487 (5) 42.614 (8) 40.046 (6) 19
8  Ivo Lakučs (LAT) 53.300 (7) 39.213 (7) 57.461 (7) 21

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1  Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA) 36.796 (3) 36.325 (2) 36.507 (1) 6 Q
2  Artūrs Matisons (LAT) 35.903 (1) 36.819 (3) 37.037 (2) 6 Q
3  Raymon van der Biezen (NED) 37.205 (4) 35.878 (1) 1:04.709 (5) 10 Q
4  Kyle Bennett (USA) 36.639 (2) 37.146 (4) DNF (8) 14 Q
5  Henrik Baltzersen (DEN) 38.561 (8) 39.083 (5) 38.846 (3) 16
6  Michal Prokop (CZE) 38.535 (7) 41.915 (7) 56.171 (4) 18
7  Liam Phillips (GBR) 37.773 (5) 41.219 (6) 1:27.010 (7) 18
8  Ramiro Marino (ARG) 38.202 (6) DNF (8) 1:16.617 (6) 20

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1  Māris Štrombergs (LAT) 36.762 (1) 35.934 (1) 40.628 (5) 7 Q
2  Rob van den Wildenberg (NED) 37.403 (2) 37.024 (5) 37.176 (1) 8 Q
3  Manuel de Vecchi (ITA) 37.416 (3) 37.284 (6) 37.840 (2) 11 Q
4  Kamakazi (AUS) 42.377 (7) 36.785 (3) 38.463 (3) 13 Q
5  Augusto Castro (COL) 37.609 (4) 36.992 (4) 42.473 (6) 14
6  Vilmos Radasics (HUN) 38.725 (6) 39.220 (8) 39.276 (4) 18
7  Robert de Wilde (NED) 54.105 (8) 36.237 (2) 1:08.185 (8) 18
8  Scott Erwood (CAN) 37.989 (5) 37.653 (7) 50.052 (7) 19

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Name 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1  Jared Graves (AUS) 38.067 (1) 36.496 (2) 36.076 (1) 4 Q
2  Cristian Becerine (ARG) 38.399 (2) 42.733 (7) 36.985 (2) 11 Q
3  Roger Rinderknecht (SUI) 54.234 (8) 36.462 (1) 37.136 (3) 12 Q
4  Damien Godet (FRA) 41.241 (3) 40.221 (4) 38.023 (6) 13 Q
5  Sergio Salazar (COL) 54.216 (7) 37.479 (3) 37.573 (5) 15
6  Thomas Allier (FRA) 41.594 (4) 41.043 (5) 38.037 (7) 16
7  Luke Madill (AUS) 51.198 (6) 1:02.432 (8) 37.420 (4) 18
8  Sebastian Kartfjord (NOR) 42.658 (4) 42.625 (6) 38.821 (8) 19

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Name 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1  Mike Day (USA) 36.470 (1) 36.219 (1) 37.461 (3) 5 Q
2  Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA) 37.197 (3) 36.597 (3) 36.457 (2) 8 Q
3  Donny Robinson (USA) 36.832 (2) 36.462 (2) 56.249 (6) 10 Q
4  Andrés Jiménez Caicedo (COL) 37.363 (4) 36.862 (4) 44.507 (5) 13 Q
5  Raymon van der Biezen (NED) 55.121 (7) 37.258 (6) 36.200 (1) 14
6  Kyle Bennett (USA) 43.518 (5) 37.200 (5) 43.897 (4) 14
7  Artūrs Matisons (LAT) 53.379 (6) 1:17.170 (8) DNF (8) 22
8  Marc Willers (NZL) 1:22.619 (8) 43.256 (7) DNF (8) 23

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Name 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1  Māris Štrombergs (LAT) 36.485 (1) 35.969 (1) 36.071 (1) 3 Q
2  Rob van den Wildenberg (NED) 37.277 (3) 36.360 (2) 37.496 (4) 9 Q
3  Jared Graves (AUS) 36.904 (2) 39.296 (5) 37.242 (3) 10 Q
4  Damien Godet (FRA) 37.410 (4) 36.707 (4) 37.805 (6) 14 Q
5  Cristian Becerine (ARG) 37.480 (5) DNF (8) 37.079 (2) 15
6  Kamakazi (AUS) 42.551 (7) 41.256 (6) 37.497 (5) 18
7  Roger Rinderknecht (SUI) DNF (8) 36.610 (3) 48.734 (8) 19
8  Manuel de Vecchi (ITA) 38.018 (6) 42.148 (7) 38.208 (7) 20

Final[edit]

Rank Name Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s)  Māris Štrombergs (LAT) 36.190
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Mike Day (USA) 36.606
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Donny Robinson (USA) 36.972
4  Andrés Jiménez Caicedo (COL) 39.137
5  Rob van den Wildenberg (NED) 39.772
6  Jared Graves (AUS) 2:19.233
7  Sifiso Nhlapo (RSA) DNF
8  Damien Godet (FRA) DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Katherine (22 August 2008). "US Grabs BMX Silver, Bronze". Newser. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Strombergs of Latvia wins first-ever Olympic men's BMX gold". Xinhua. China Daily. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ http://uci.ch/includes/asp/getTarget.asp?type=FILE&id=MzU5MTI[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "BMX Competition Format". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  5. ^ "BMX: Results and Schedules". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013.