2 Aug 2010

Sarten wins world BMX title, Franks best of elites

6:05 am on 2 August 2010

The young Christchurch rider Daniel Franks was the best of the New Zealand elite riders in the cruiser class finals at the UCI BMX World Championships in South Africa overnight.

Franks won the bronze medal in the junior men's final of the bigger wheel diameter cruiser class at Pietermaritzburg.

It was a tame finish to the championships for defending champion Sarah Walker, who withdrew after injuring her back in the practice following her second placing in the BMX elite championships yesterday.

Not so for Taranaki's Nicole Sarten who became the fifth New Zealand world champion crowned this week when she took out the women's 17-24 years age group.

There were double celebrations for the Sarten family with sister Hannah claiming the silver medal in the under-12 final, which was some compensation after she was brought down in a crash while leading the Challenge final and had to be content with seventh.

She edged out Gisborne's Abigail Fox who grabbed the bronze medal to go with her silver in the Challenge class.

Pakakura's Nicole Wright won the bronze in the 15-16 years final just ahead of Pukekohe's Holly Woodcock while Tauranga's Maree McGarva earned the silver medal in the 35-39 years age division.