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Tory Nyhaug fifth in Rio Olympic Games BMX final

Pajon repeats as women's gold medal champion

Canadian Tory Nyhaug was in Friday’s one-run final of Rio 2016’s men’s BMX competition, placing fifth. Nyhaug dominated his heat in Thursday’s quarterfinal, but it was an American who won gold.

The day started with semi-finals alternating between the men and women, both with three runs per heat. Nyhaug didn’t get off to a good start in Run 1 of Heat 2, but two third places in row got him into the final.

The women’s final saw Colombian Mariana Pajon repeat her London 2012 title. “Tata” is also the world champion.

Nyhaug didn’t get a great start in the men’s final, last going into the first turn, and had to fight to fifth. Two Americans led early, and at first it looked like Connor Fields had taken the gold and his compatriot Nic Long would share the bronze with Colombian Carlos Yepes, but video revealed that the Colombian had sole possession of the final podium step.

In 2012 Nyhaug came into the competition soon after losing his spleen and didn’t make it out of the quarterfinals.