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The Countdown to Olympic BMX Begins

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Olympic BMX in due to kick off at London 2012 - the opening seeding runs will determine the fastest racers for the semis and quarters.Tomorrow will see the London 2012 Olympic BMX event get underway with the men’s and women’s seeding heats kicking off at 3.00pm. The competition will pit some of the best professional riders in the world against one another in a battle royale of speed, stamina, strength and skill.
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The seeding event exists to determine who the fastest competitors are, so as to ensure the most promising riders do not meet until the final. Each rider will run the track once (on their own) and they will be ranked according to their performance.  32 riders will take part in the men’s seeding event tomorrow, whilst half that number will compete in the women’s run.
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Following tomorrow’s seeding runs, the men and women will be divided in subgroups according to their results, with each group containing a cross-section of riders (fastest through to slowest). The men will compete in quarter-final races, followed by semifinals and finals, whilst the women will progress straight to the semifinals.
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Amongst the hotly tipped male riders competing tomorrow is David Herman of the USA, Sam Willoughby of Australia, Marc Willers of New Zealand and reigning Olympic Champion, 25-year-old Latvian Maris Strombergs. In the women’s event, most pundits appear to be coming down on the side of four riders – Columbia’s Mariana Pejon, Australia’s Caroline Buchanan, Alise Post of the USA and France’s Laetitia Le Corguille.
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Words By A.L.Cuin
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Photo by Podknow (Flickr Creative Commons)

Tags: Alise Post, BMX, Caroline Buchanan, David Herman, Laetitia Le Corguille, London 2012, Marc Willers, Mariana Pejon, Maris Stromberg, Olympics, Sam Willoughby, seedings

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