Welcome to NZCity
20 Aug 2017 23:47
Rio Olympics
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • News
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  • Home >  2016 Olympics >  News

    Walker eyes 2020 Olympic bid

    London Olympics silver medallist Sarah Walker is thinking about a bid for the 2020 Tokyo Games after an encouraging finish at the world BMX championships.

    31 July 2017

    Sarah Walker's eighth-placed finish at the world BMX championships has got her thinking seriously about a bid for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    Walker, who hasn't raced since a crash on her return to the Supercross World Cup in May, clocked 36.393sec at the Rock Hill course in South Carolina at the weekend.

    American Alise Post won with 33.235.

    "I have to process this first," Walker said after the final.

    "The field here was outstanding - there was no-one missing. This weekend was very promising and I think if I can nail the first few metres out of the start, then I really think I can be right there in terms of the Olympics."

    Walker contested the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she placed fourth, then won silver four years later in London.

    She has been dogged by injury in recent years, with her last world championship final in 2014 and previous to that 2011, when she finished runner-up.

    This time around, Walker wasn't sure exactly what to expect.

    "I really honestly did not know if I was going to get out of the moto stage," she said.

    "My moto draw had three finalists in it and two others who had made World Cup finals.

    "To make this final, I am really proud of myself. I still need to work on my first few pedal strokes out of the gate but my track speed was good."

    Walker eased through her motos to qualify fourth in her heat, then clocked 34.897sec to finish second behind European champion Laura Smulders (34.223) in the quarter-finals.

    The 29-year-old Kiwi then eased through to the final eight after finishing fourth in her semi-final with 35.772 to Post's winning 34.226.

    "To be in the final, to get a good gate, have a good first straight, to come away in one piece - honestly, this is a proud moment and a cool way for me to go through a world championships," Walker said.


    NZN





    Click here for more NZ Olympic news

     Olympics NewsLinks
      20 Aug: All blacks win: good, bad and the ugly (RadioNZ)
      20 Aug: Bg williams: 'i'd still get goosebumps' in his company (RadioNZ)
      20 Aug: Wood back in the big time with burnley (RadioNZ)
      20 Aug: England rout west indies (RadioNZ)
      20 Aug: History making start for manchester united (RadioNZ)
      20 Aug: Tall blacks stumble against australia (RadioNZ)
      20 Aug: All blacks ease off the perfection pedal with half an hour to go (RadioNZ)
      20 Aug: All blacks win 'as good as you'll see' (RadioNZ)
      19 Aug: Live: wallabies take on all blacks in bledisloe cup clash (RadioNZ)
      19 Aug: Mclaughlin grabs pole again in sydney (RadioNZ)
    more Olympics newslinks >>

    © 2017 NZCity, NZN

    NZ Olympic News


    Click for Olympic sports results




    Hamish Bond cracks cycling big time
    Parramatta Eels v Gold Coast Titans: NRL round 24 scores and stats and commentary
    Tom Daley fell in love with Dustin Lance Black just minutes after meeting him
    Willis keeps coach Warhurst on edge
    Walsh heads NZ medal hopes in London
    Hip injury ends Boyle's swimming career
    Season's best for Walsh in warm-up
    Encouraging pole vault win for McCartney
    Todd leads NZ eventers in Aachen
    Improved Walsh second in Lausanne shot put
    Cyclists affected by negative team culture
    Manson lauds influence of Olympic greats
    Diplo has responded to Katy Perry after she rated him third place in a list of her ex-lovers
    McCartney crashes out in Oslo
    Kiwi rowers return to international fray

    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd