Successful Comeback, Carol Buchanan Wins Elite Women’s Champion

 Carol Buchanan won the title of  Elite Women on the second day of Banyuwangi International BMX 2019. On Sunday (10/27) afternoon, the Australian rider devoured a 360 meter track with a time of 36.996 seconds.

Carol, her nickname, did appear  all out  in the Hors Class  (HC) category  . His hard work produced maximum results. Carol managed to finish first. He is superior to Sarah Walker (New Zealand) and Nadja Pries (Germany).

Carol has been waiting for this moment for a long time. After experiencing a car accident in Australia in December 2017, Carol was absent in the racing world for 19 months. He made Banyuwangi International BMX 2019 as  his comeback .

“After undergoing a number of operations, I returned by racing in Banyuwangi. This is my first win after two years out through injury. This is my starting point for getting tickets to the Olympics, “said Carol after the race.

This victory at the same time pays less satisfying results in the   first race , Saturday (10/26) yesterday. At that time, Carol was forced to finish in second place by Sarah Walker. Both are only 1085 seconds adrift.

“I want to show the Australian national team that I am in good condition. I will continue to grow, get more podiums, and win in the World Cup next year. “It is very important that I can go to the Olympics,” he added.

While at the Elite Men number , Quillan Isidore managed to maintain his victory. The Briton finished first with a record time of 32,965 seconds. The second and third places are Renato Rezende (Brazil) and Joshua Boyton (Australia).

“It’s a bit heavier because the weather is very hot. I’m also still fatigue because of  jetlag . I went to Banyuwangi to get points to go to the Olympics. I am grateful to be able to get the maximum points here, “said Isidore.

Meanwhile, Indonesian racers again failed to get on the podium at Banyuwangi International BMX 2019. In the Elite Men group  , I Gusti Bagus Saputra returned to the final. Unfortunately he only finished in seventh position with a record time of 35.785 seconds.

It’s good to slow down compared to the   first race on Saturday. At that time he managed to occupy the sixth position with a record time of 34.771 seconds. Another Indonesian racer, Rio Akbar, was eliminated in the semifinals.

“I am quite satisfied. Because, the participants of   this event are indeed qualified. They are not reckless racers. They are world level racers, “said Dadang Haries Purnomo,  head coach of  the Indonesian national bicycle race team.

Dadang added, the entry of Bagus in the top eight ranks was a positive signal for Indonesia. Both for the 2020 Olympics, and the 2019 SEA Games. Good to get a total of 50 points from the two competitions he participated in Banyuwangi.

“It can be seen that there are no participants from ASEAN countries that sit on the final. I hope this situation can last until the SEA Games later, “said Dadang. (Playing bicycle)

Elite Men Results 

1. Quillan Isidore (UK) 32.965 seconds

2. Renato Rezende (Brazil) 33,272

3. Joshua Boyton (Australia) 33,547

4. Helvijs Babris (Latvia) 33,850

5. Philip Schaub (Germany) 34,617

6. Mikus Davids Stradzdin (Latvia) 34,833

7. I Gusti Bagus Saputra (Indonesia) 35,785

8. Liam Webster (Germany) 44,091

Elite Women’s results 

1. Caroline Buchanan (Australia) 36.996 seconds

2. Sarah Walker (New Zealand) 37,244

3. Nadja Pries (Germany) 37,831

4. Amanda Carr (Thailand) 38,428

5. Yan Lu (China) 39,158

6. Rocio Macarena Pizarro Araujo (Chile) 39,978

7. Vanesa Buldinska (Latvia) 40,258

8. Domenica Azuero (Ecuador) 48,891

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