The world champion of BMX Freestyle and Olympic silver, the American Hannah Roberts, finished with bronze in the final of the BMX Freestyle World Cup, concluded this Saturday in Gold Coast, Australia, where the best for Latin America ran for the Costa Rican Kenneth Tencio, who could not go to the final and finished in 18th place.

Roberts qualified in the lead in the deciding round, but in that instance she was outclassed by two Chinese women who impressed the judges with near-perfect executions. Jiaqi Sun took gold, while her teammate Huimin Zhou took silver.

In the men’s section, the Australian Logan Martin was crowned champion, escorted by the Frenchman Anthony Jeanjean and the Japanese Rimu Nakamura, in that order respectively; while Tencio, despite exhibiting his best repertoire, was left out of the final of 12 cyclists,

“It was a very complicated semifinal, I finished in 18th place, insufficient to reach the final. I tried to do good tricks, but this time it wasn’t enough to get the necessary points. Being objective I did not have a good round where one knows and recognizes that a couple of errors would take their toll. There is a lot of work to do, I finish 2022 in the Top 10 of the World Ranking and by 2023 we will improve”, Tencio told the website

During this year, Tencio competed in three world cups: the first, in Montpellier, France where he finished in eighth place, the second in Brussels, Belgium in ninth place and this weekend in Gold Coast, Australia in 18th place.

In addition to the World Cups, the Carthaginian competed last November at the BMX Freestyle Park World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he finished ninth.

“It wasn’t a bad year, but from my way of seeing things you should always improve. We finished 2022 with good feelings, grateful to God for absolutely everything and putting my country among the best 10 in the world. In 2023 it is close and we are already starting to work on it”, Tencio concluded.