The Colombian bicyclist, Mariana Pajón, continues to add gold medals to her rich track record. This time the “Queen of BMX” won the gold medal in the fourth round of the BMX European Cup, which was held in Zolder, Belgium, this weekend.
The triple Olympic medalist, who was absent in the first two valid rounds of the European event, beat Canadian Zoé Classens, who had won the gold medal the day before, in the final. The podium was completed by the French Axelle Etienne.
With this new gold medal, the “golden girl” added 200 points in the UCI ranking that leaves her well positioned to qualify early for her fourth Olympic Games, in Paris 2024.
In the men’s branch, the British Ross Cullen took first place. The French Arthur Pilard and the Belgian Ruben Gommers adorned the positions of honor. While the Colombian Diego Arboleda had to settle for 5th place.
Previously, the third round of the BMX European Cup was held on the stage of Zolder, Belgium with an outstanding performance also for Mariana Pajón, who climbed to the podium with the silver medal, only surpassed by the Swiss bicyclist Zoé Classens, while Canadian Molly Simspon took the bronze medal.
In the men’s section of this third round, the Colombians won two medals, a silver with Mateo Carmona and a bronze with Vincent Pelluard, while Diego Arboleda finished 6th.
The European BMX event will continue in Latvia when valid sections 5 and 6 are held, which will take place on May 6 and 7, in the city of Valmiera.
Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico