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Graf & Claessens in the semi-finals - Swiss BMX team loses the trump card Marquart - Sport

Graf & Claessens in the semi-finals – Swiss BMX team loses the trump card Marquart – Sport


Swiss BMX riders David Graf and Zoe Claessens master the qualification in Tokyo. On the other hand, the fall of Simon Marquardt was fatal.

There are only two left: Simone Marquardt of the ambitious Swiss trio of BMX who launched the racing competition at the Summer Olympics on Thursday fell to the side of the road. The World Cup winner Verona couldn’t find his way around the long and physically demanding track in any of his rounds. Because he was wrong at first.

However, the 24-year-old from Zurich in the semi-finals was fourth before the final third round of qualifying. But there Marquardt tested his Waterloo: when he tried to roll from last position, he made a mistake on the first steep wall curve, crashed and was eliminated in the fifth of his run.

The shovel can avoid cracks

From the semi-finals onwards, the pressure on men was already on the shoulders of veteran David Graf. The 31-year-old wants to crown his career with an Olympic medal in the last competition. Graf took over as national coach after Tokyo, and extended his career by a year at the Summer Games.


All is well

For David Graf, the Olympic journey continues Friday with the semi-finals.


In qualifying for his last competition he was second in his group behind defending champion Conor Fields, with confidence and confidence. Winterthurr’s chances of reaching the final are good – as Fields and world champion Tuan van Gendt will be the favorites in the other group in the semi-finals.

Claessens has not been pressed

ZoƩ Claessens confidently held out for qualifying. Like Graf, the 20-year-old European champion easily qualified for the semi-finals as she finished second in her group.

Romandi has always been in place and off to a good start. In each of her races, she was ranked in the top three. The semi-finals will take place with her and Graf on Friday evening from 3:00 am CST.