|MARVELLOUS MORAN BAGS SILVER
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Rising star Oli Moran has won silver in the junior elite men’s category at the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Belgium as Tokyo Olympic hopefuls Saya Sakakibara and Anthony Dean have suffered heartbreaking crashes in their finals.
Both Sakakibara and Rio Olympic finalist Dean had looked outstanding throughout the competition on the wet and greasy track before crashing at the bottom of the start hill, and on the first berm, respectively.
For Moran, from Manning Valley BMX Club, it was the first Aussie to medal in the junior event since Geelong’s Brandon Te Hiko, the 2018 elite men’s national champion, won bronze at the same Heusden-Zolder track in 2015.
Moran’s world championships kicked off in fine fashion, as the 17-year clean swept his qualification motos before placing third in the quarter finals and fourth in the semi’s.
But it was the final that had a packed out crowed on its feet and Moran was in the thick of it grabbing his first silver medal, while French duo Tatyan Lui Hin Tsan won gold and Nathaniel Dieuaide picked up bronze.