David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Free Agent-Rockstar) and Arielle Martin(Spanaway Wash./Intense BMX) led the American effort at the 2012 UCI BMX World Championships with fifth and fourth place efforts in their respective elite main events. Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, Ill./Factory GT), Maliek Byndloss (Cape Coral, Fla./Ssquared-Answer-Troy Lee) and Danielle George (Palmdale, Calif./Supercross BMX) delivered the only championship (supercross) class medals of the day for the U.S. team in the juniors divisions.
In the elite men’s division Herman led the United States team on Saturday with a fifth-place result. Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif./Hyper Bikes) joined Herman in the eight-man final, finishing just behind in sixth. The American pair finished just off the pace of the elite men’s winner, Australian Sam Willoughby who took home his first world title.
The Americans put on a dominating performance early with seven elite men advancing to the semifinals, nearly half of the remaining 16-man field. Only Herman and Robinson however were able to make it past the one-shot semis and into the finals by finishing amongst the top four of their respective eight-man-heats.
In the elite women’s final, Martin was the top American finisher in fourth place after the only other American woman to make the eight-woman final, Alise Post (Saint Cloud, Minn./Redline) suffered an untimely crash and finished eighth. Frenchwomen Magalie Porrier (FRA) and Eva Ailloud (FRA) finished first and second.
Based on its performance in Birmingham, the U.S. is expected to retain its top three ranking in both the elite men’s and women’s BMX when the UCI releases its official standings next week. This would keep the U.S. on track to send the maximum of three men and two women to London for this summer’s Olympic Games.
Per USA Cycling’s Athlete Selection Procedures for the 2012 Olympic Games Herman and Martin will be automatically nominated to represent the United
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