27 Jul 2013

Walker sixth in BMX world time trial finals

7:26 pm on 27 July 2013

New Zealand's Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker has faded in the final of the time trial at the BMX World Championships at Auckland's Vector Arena.

Shoulder surgery and a recently broken arm have hindered Walker's build-up, but the Cambridge rider still qualified second fastest for the final.

She says that was surprising and the vocal crowd really boosted her, but her sore arm isn't helping her on the all-important start.

One place further back in seventh was another New Zealander, Victoria Hill - Colombia's Olympic champion Mariana Pajon won the gold.

The reigning world champion Connor Fields took out the men's elite time trial final, the American proving how short the track really is in the quickest lap of the day, Fields getting round in just 22.598 seconds.

Trent Woodcock was the lone New Zealand male to qualify, he finished 15th.

The elite men's and women's Supercross races and finals are tomorrow.

The specially built indoor track has been pumped up for the senior riders - the adjustable start ramp is now at its maximum eight-metre height and the jumps have been made bigger.