- There is no other medal for Switzerland in BMX racing. Zoé Claessens had to bury her medal dreams early on after falling in the final.
- For men, no Swiss can qualify for the final. Surprisingly, defending champion Simon Marquardt stuck in the semi-finals.
- Local champion Bethany Shriver won her second world championship gold after 2021. France’s Romain Maheu was crowned world champion for the first time.
Having just missed out on the gold at the World Championships in Nantes (FRA) last year, vice world champion Zoé Claessens was supposed to take gold in Glasgow. But the 22-year-old didn’t get far in the final. After the first jump, she collided with Manon Veenstra of the Netherlands, fell and finally finished with a huge delay.
World Champion and 2021 Olympic Champion Bethany Shriver beat favorite Bethany Shriver The Brit defeated world champions Laura Smulders (NED) and Alize Willoughby (USA) and was celebrated by the local crowd.
Marquardt must give in early
In the men’s category, five of the eight finalists came from France who won all the medals with Romain Mahieu, Arthur Billard and Yoris Daoudi. For Switzerland, for the first time since the 2019 World Cup, winning a medal wasn’t enough.
Defending champion Simon Marquardt, fifth in the semi-finals, missed out on participating in the final by nearly twenty. The 26-year-old from Winterthur was the first Swiss motorcycle rider to win gold at the World Championships in 2022. Jill Brunner and women’s Nadine Eberhard were also eliminated in the semi-finals.
Swiss gold in the U-23 category
On the other hand, there was a report of success in the U23 class. In this, Philip Steiner won the gold medal in superior fashion. Born in 2004, the Winterthur native was one of the youngest drivers in the field.
Second SRF, Sportlive, Aug 13, 2023, 1:55 PM; dah/sda
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