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BMX: Team GB’s Shanaze Reade into semi-final

August 8, 2012
Shanaze Reade

Great Britain’s three-time world champion Shanaze Reade has qualified fifth for the Friday’s semi-final.

Reade was given a rousing ovation as she entered the London 2012 Olympic Velopark.

The 23-year-old from Crewe crashed out of the 2008 Olympic final in Beijing while attempting a gold medal or bust manoeuvre and was one of the favourites to win.

Today, world time-trial champion Caroline Buchanan of Australia was the fastest qualifier, 0.210secs ahead of New Zealand’s Sarah Walker (38.644), with Mariana Pajon of Colombia third in 38.787.

Reade was third of the 16 riders to take to the route, which was modified after she won the test event last summer.

Reade said: “It felt good. The first time you go out you’re always going to be a bit rusty but it was great to compete in front of the home crowd.

“I’ve been sitting around watching all the Olympic titles being won in the velodrome. I’m just glad to be out and competing myself.”

This initial phase sees each rider tackle the track once to determine the seedings ensuring that the fastest riders don’t meet before the final. The women progress straight to the semi-finals which takes place on Friday at 3pm

The Women’s Sports magazine

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