The ‘Queen of BMX’ from Colombia was unable to win a third consecutive title.
M. Pajón Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Mariana Pajón of Colombia came within one wheel of winning a third Olympic gold medal in Women’s BMX racing.
Although she was dubbed “Queen of BMX” after winning two gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she had to settle for silver after coming in second to Bethany Shriever of Great Britain in the final race.
Although she was the odds-on outsider, Shriever jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Pajón battled valiantly in the home stretch, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
Pajón praised Shriever’s performance, saying, “She was incredibly fast, she did an excellent job.”
The Medellin native stated after the race that she will rejoice with her loved ones, but that she already had her sights set on the 2024 Olympics in Paris for track cycling.
Track cycling, in contrast to BMX, is an indoor sport that takes place on a purpose-built, ovoid track with built-in slopes.
As with road cycling, BMX races have heats and a final, but track cyclists can choose from five distinct events.
On August 2nd, the Tokyo 2020 track cycling competition will begin.
Track cyclist Kevin Quintero is Colombia’s sole representative at the next Olympics. He competes primarily in the sprinting events.
In three Years, when he’s 32 years old, Pajón will most likely be one of them.
Even though she lost the BMX competition in Tokyo, she still won two gold medals, making her Colombia’s most successful Olympian ever.
Pajón told Reuters that although she only won silver this time, the work she put in made it “feel like gold.”