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Team GB clinches first BMX freestyle park gold at European Games
In a stunning display of skill and athleticism, Kieran Reilly secured Team GB’s first-ever gold medal in the men’s BMX freestyle park event at the European Games. With an unassailable score of 92.33 points on his second run, Reilly left no doubt that he deserved to stand atop the podium.
A hard-fought victory for Team GB
The competition was fierce, with French rider Anthony Jeanjean denying Britain a one-two finish by seizing silver on his last run of the day. British rider Declan Brooks took home bronze after scoring an impressive 87.40 points on his first run.
Newcastle-born Reilly had come close to winning gold before, having settled for silver behind Jeanjean at last year’s European Championships in Munich. But this time around, nothing could stop him from achieving his goal.
A triumph years in the making
“This has been my goal for over a year,” said Reilly after securing victory. “I’ve been chasing this with everything I have and it feels incredible to finally succeed.”
Reilly also made history during qualifying runs when he landed a world-first Triple Flair trick – an accomplishment that set him apart from other riders and cemented his place as one of the best in the world.
Bright future ahead for British cycling
The win is a significant milestone not just for Reilly but for British cycling as a whole. With the European Games offering riders the chance to earn ranking points for Paris 2024 qualification, this victory puts Team GB in an excellent position moving forward.
Though Reilly’s teammate Sasha Pardoe was forced to withdraw after injuring herself during training and Charlotte Worthington opted not to compete in order to focus on the Paris games, 19-year-old Holly Pipe represented Team GB admirably in the women’s final and finished eighth with 55.66 points.
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