Just three months before Bicycle Motocross (BMX) makes its Olympic debut in Beijing this August, American Donny Robinson won the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday.
Along with compatriot Kyle Bennett, Robinson was one of two Americans to qualify for the finals. Bennett finished fourth behind Australian runner-up Jared Graves and Latvian bronze medalist Maris Strombergs.
Bennett’s fourth-place effort yielded enough points to finish the 2007-08 season as the top American in the international rankings. Provided he’s ranked in the top five overall in the UCI rankings following the World Championships later this month, Bennett will have met the criteria to receive an automatic nomination to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Currently, Bennett is ranked third in the world behind New Zealander Marc Willers and Graves.
With his victory on Saturday, Robinson now leads the World Cup standings after three races. Two more remain in Salt Lake City, Sept. 12-13 and Frejus, France, Oct. 10-11.
Also on Saturday, The women’s event was won by Great Britain's Shanaze Reade, while French women Letitia le Corguille and Anne-Caroline Chausson were second and third respectively. New Zealander Sarah Walker was fourth. Women’s U.S. Olympic hopeful Arielle Martin finished fifth in the women’s race as the only American to qualify for the final.
The final major BMX race before the Olympic Games is the 2008 UCI BMX World Championships, set for May 29 – June 1 in Taiyuan, China.
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