Petch misses out

Waipa Post - - Dial An Expert -

Te Awa­mutu’s Re­becca Petch bowed out in the quar­ter-fi­nals in the penul­ti­mate round of the UCI BMX World Cup in San­ti­ago del Es­tero in north­ern Ar­gentina.

Petch qual­i­fied in the open­ing heat in sec­ond place but was edged back to fifth in her quar­ter-fi­nal with only half a sec­ond sep­a­rat­ing third to fifth plac­ings.

Sarah Walker fin­ished third to se­cure her first World Cup podium in seven years.

The 30-year-old vet­eran was third in the fi­nal be­hind cur­rent world cham­pion Laura Smul­ders (NED) and the 2017 world cham­pion Alise Wil­loughby (USA).

Walker’s last World Cup podium was in Lon­don in 2011, as the New Zealan­der bat­tled a num­ber of se­ri­ous in­juries but re­mained de­ter­mined to make her come­back at the high­est level.

She was third in a stacked qual­i­fy­ing heat ahead of Wil­loughby and fel­low Amer­i­can Brooke Crain, who were both forced to qual­ify in the lastchance heat.

The New Zealan­der won her quar­ter fi­nal in im­pres­sive fash­ion af­ter storm­ing out of the gate to lead through­out, and was sec­ond be­hind Amer­i­can Feli­cia Stan­cil in the semi­fi­nal in a photo fin­ish by just 5/1000ths of a sec­ond.

She bounced well out of the gate in the fi­nal and while Smul­ders and Wil­loughby pushed clear, Walker was just as em­phatic in third plac­ing. The fi­nal World Cup round is in San­ti­ago del Es­tero.

Photo / Sup­plied

Re­becca Petch pic­tured com­pet­ing at the World BMX Cham­pi­onships in Baku, Azer­bai­jan ear­lier this year.

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