Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's BMX

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Men's BMX
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Laoshan BMX Field
Date August 20, 2008 (seeding and
quarterfinals)
August 22, 2008 (semifinals and
final)
Competitors 32 from 20 nations
Winning time 36.190
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Māris Štrombergs  Latvia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mike Day  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Donny Robinson  United States
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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, 20 August 2008 09:00 Semifinals and final

Results[edit]

Seeding[edit]

Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Mike Day  United States 35.692
2 Māris Štrombergs  Latvia 35.910
3 Damien Godet  France 36.008
4 Artūrs Matisons  Latvia 36.072
5 Raymon van der Biezen  Netherlands 36.112
6 Sergio Salazar  Colombia 36.145
7 Augusto Castro  Colombia 36.301
8 Jonathan Suárez  Venezuela 36.325
9 Andrés Jiménez Caicedo  Colombia 36.339
10 Manuel de Vecchi  Italy 36.351
11 Jared Graves  Australia 36.372
12 Kyle Bennett  United States 36.421
13 Sifiso Nhlapo  South Africa 36.428
14 Roger Rinderknecht  Switzerland 36.466
15 Kamakazi  Australia 36.492
16 Ivo Lakučs  Latvia 36.509
17 Marc Willers  New Zealand 36.519
18 Rob van den Wildenberg  Netherlands 36.522
19 Thomas Allier  France 36.649
20 Michal Prokop  Czech Republic 36.689
21 Ramiro Marino  Argentina 36.768
22 Luke Madill  Australia 36.795
23 Robert de Wilde  Netherlands 36.803
24 Donny Robinson  United States 36.810
24 Emilio Falla  Ecuador 36.993
26 Scott Erwood  Canada 37.050
27 Cristian Becerine  Argentina 37.253
28 Liam Phillips  Great Britain 37.392
29 Henrik Baltzersen  Denmark 37.635
30 Sebastian Kartfjord  Norway 38.688
31 Vilmos Radasics  Hungary 38.830
32 Akifumi Sakamoto  Japan 40.548

Quarterfinals[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Country 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1 {{flagIOCathlete|Mike Day  United States 36.170 (1) 36.080 (1) 36.122 (1) 3 Q
2 {{flagIOCathlete|Marc Willers  New Zealand 47.614 (4) 36.253 (3) 36.278 (2) 9 Q
3 {{flagIOCathlete|Donny Robinson  United States 48.906 (6) 36.235 (2) 36.490 (3) 11 Q
4 {{flagIOCathlete|Andrés Jiménez Caicedo  Colombia 36.619 (2) 36.939 (5) 36.660 (4) 11 Q
5 {{flagIOCathlete|Jonathan Suárez  Venezuela 53.614 (8) 36.481 (4) 36.789 (5) 17
6 {{flagIOCathlete|Emilio Falla  Ecuador 37.080 (3) 37.381 (6) 1:02.877 (8) 17
7 {{flagIOCathlete|Akifumi Sakamoto  Japan 48.487 (5) 42.614 (8) 40.046 (6) 19
8 {{flagIOCathlete|Ivo Lakučs  Latvia 53.300 (7) 39.213 (7) 57.461 (7) 21

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Country 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1 {{flagIOCathlete|Sifiso Nhlapo  South Africa 36.796 (3) 36.325 (2) 36.507 (1) 6 Q
2 {{flagIOCathlete|Artūrs Matisons  Latvia 35.903 (1) 36.819 (3) 37.037 (2) 6 Q
3 {{flagIOCathlete|Raymon van der Biezen  Netherlands 37.205 (4) 35.878 (1) 1:04.709 (5) 10 Q
4 {{flagIOCathlete|Kyle Bennett  United States 36.639 (2) 37.146 (4) DNF (8) 14 Q
5 {{flagIOCathlete|Henrik Baltzersen  Denmark 38.561 (8) 39.083 (5) 38.846 (3) 16
6 {{flagIOCathlete|Michal Prokop  Czech Republic 38.535 (7) 41.915 (7) 56.171 (4) 18
7 {{flagIOCathlete|Liam Phillips  Great Britain 37.773 (5) 41.219 (6) 1:27.010 (7) 18
8 {{flagIOCathlete|Ramiro Marino  Argentina 38.202 (6) DNF (8) 1:16.617 (6) 20

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Country 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1 {{flagIOCathlete|Māris Štrombergs  Latvia 36.762 (1) 35.934 (1) 40.628 (5) 7 Q
2 {{flagIOCathlete|Rob van den Wildenberg  Netherlands 37.403 (2) 37.024 (5) 37.176 (1) 8 Q
3 {{flagIOCathlete|Manuel de Vecchi  Italy 37.416 (3) 37.284 (6) 37.840 (2) 11 Q
4 {{flagIOCathlete|Kamakazi  Australia 42.377 (7) 36.785 (3) 38.463 (3) 13 Q
5 {{flagIOCathlete|Augusto Castro  Colombia 37.609 (4) 36.992 (4) 42.473 (6) 14
6 {{flagIOCathlete|Vilmos Radasics  Hungary 38.725 (6) 39.220 (8) 39.276 (4) 18
7 {{flagIOCathlete|Robert de Wilde  Netherlands 54.105 (8) 36.237 (2) 1:08.185 (8) 18
8 {{flagIOCathlete|Scott Erwood  Canada 37.989 (5) 37.653 (7) 50.052 (7) 19

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Name Country 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1 {{flagIOCathlete|Jared Graves  Australia 38.067 (1) 36.496 (2) 36.076 (1) 4 Q
2 {{flagIOCathlete|Cristian Becerine  Argentina 38.399 (2) 42.733 (7) 36.985 (2) 11 Q
3 {{flagIOCathlete|Roger Rinderknecht  Switzerland 54.234 (8) 36.462 (1) 37.136 (3) 12 Q
4 {{flagIOCathlete|Damien Godet  France 41.241 (3) 40.221 (4) 38.023 (6) 13 Q
5 {{flagIOCathlete|Sergio Salazar  Colombia 54.216 (7) 37.479 (3) 37.573 (5) 15
6 {{flagIOCathlete|Thomas Allier  France 41.594 (4) 41.043 (5) 38.037 (7) 16
7 {{flagIOCathlete|Luke Madill  Australia 51.198 (6) 1:02.432 (8) 37.420 (4) 18
8 {{flagIOCathlete|Sebastian Kartfjord  Norway 42.658 (4) 42.625 (6) 38.821 (8) 19

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Name Country 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1 {{flagIOCathlete|Mike Day  United States 36.470 (1) 36.219 (1) 37.461 (3) 5 Q
2 {{flagIOCathlete|Sifiso Nhlapo  South Africa 37.197 (3) 36.597 (3) 36.457 (2) 8 Q
3 {{flagIOCathlete|Donny Robinson  United States 36.832 (2) 36.462 (2) 56.249 (6) 10 Q
4 {{flagIOCathlete|Andrés Jiménez Caicedo  Colombia 37.363 (4) 36.862 (4) 44.507 (5) 13 Q
5 {{flagIOCathlete|Raymon van der Biezen  Netherlands 55.121 (7) 37.258 (6) 36.200 (1) 14
6 {{flagIOCathlete|Kyle Bennett  United States 43.518 (5) 37.200 (5) 43.897 (4) 14
7 {{flagIOCathlete|Artūrs Matisons  Latvia 53.379 (6) 1:17.170 (8) DNF (8) 22
8 {{flagIOCathlete|Marc Willers  New Zealand 1:22.619 (8) 43.256 (7) DNF (8) 23

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Name Country 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1 {{flagIOCathlete|Māris Štrombergs  Latvia 36.485 (1) 35.969 (1) 36.071 (1) 3 Q
2 {{flagIOCathlete|Rob van den Wildenberg  Netherlands 37.277 (3) 36.360 (2) 37.496 (4) 9 Q
3 {{flagIOCathlete|Jared Graves  Australia 36.904 (2) 39.296 (5) 37.242 (3) 10 Q
4 {{flagIOCathlete|Damien Godet  France 37.410 (4) 36.707 (4) 37.805 (6) 14 Q
5 {{flagIOCathlete|Cristian Becerine  Argentina 37.480 (5) DNF (8) 37.079 (2) 15
6 {{flagIOCathlete|Kamakazi  Australia 42.551 (7) 41.256 (6) 37.497 (5) 18
7 {{flagIOCathlete|Roger Rinderknecht  Switzerland DNF (8) 36.610 (3) 48.734 (8) 19
8 {{flagIOCathlete|Manuel de Vecchi  Italy 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
  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.