• Sam Willoughby jumps in the lead in one of the three wins he took in yesterday's Rio Olympic quarter finals (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Australia's Sam Willoughby and Anthony Dean survived a day of carnage at the Rio Olympic BMX quarter finals as three major rivals crashed out.
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19 Aug 2016 - 9:35 AM  UPDATED 19 Aug 2016 - 9:44 AM

Willoughby was the only rider to win all three runs of his heat while his London 2012 nemesis, reigning Olympic champion Maris Strombergs (Latvia) failed to qualify following a first run crash. 

Strombergs finished and started run two, but finished fourth stuck behind another crash. 

Strombergs criticised the course saying it was too small, needed mellowing out and was a better track for the women. 

The 25-year-old Willoughby preferred to focus on the next round. 

"Not even close to job done. The key today was the wind, it was carnage.  

"I feel like I ran at about 80-90 (percent) all day and ticked off clean laps and that's what today was about. 

"Winning laps is great, but I know I can go quicker."  

In contrast, Canada's Tory Nyhaug sounded relaxed about his two run wins in the quarter-finals.  

"To go one, one, two the first day is pretty much as good as it could have gone," he said.

"I'm definitely stoked and ready for tomorrow. I had a ton of fun today."

Australia's Anthony Dean who broke his collarbone in January, was equally impressive winning two of his runs, and finished second in the other to move easily into the semi finals. 

Great Britain's Liam Phillips and world champion Joris Daudet both failed to survive the carnage with crashess in their runs.  

American Connor Fields also advanced to the semi finals and said the wind had changed from Wednesday's individual seeding runs.

"The tail wind made the jumps feel two or three metres longer, which was the opposite of yesterday," said Fields. 

"You know, it would be nice if it was perfect weather. But it's a level playing field, it's the same for everyone and it's about adapting. That's BMX, this is not a velodrome."

Australia's Olympic BMX debutant Bodi Turner finished sixth, eight and fourth in his runs and failed to qualify. 

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Tonight/tomorrow's racing

You can catch four Aussies in action in the BMX semi finals. 

2.30am AEST - Women's semi finals - Run 1 

Heat 1 startlist

100 COL PAJON Mariana 
469 VEN HERNANDEZ Stefany 
210 DEN CHRISTENSEN Simone 
11 USA POST Alise 
75 NED VAN BENTHEM Merle
971 FRA VALENTINO Manon
39 THA CARR Amanda
446 ARG DIAZ Maria Gabriela

Heat 2 startlist

68 AUS  BUCHANAN Caroline
110 NED SMULDERS Laura
91 BEL   VANHOOF Elke
32 USA  CRAIN Brooke
21 AUS  REYNOLDS Lauren
89 RUS  BONDARENKO Yaroslava
53 GER  PRIES Nadja
93 BRA  STEVAUX CARNAVAL Priscilla

 

2.38am AEST - Men's semi finals - Run 1

Heat 1 startlist

44 DEAN Anthony AUS
64 LONG Nicholas USA
24 SHARRAH Corben USA
566 OQUENDO ZABALA Carlos Mario COL
8 RAMIREZ YEPES Carlos Alberto COL
37 van GORKOM Jelle NED
48 GRAF David SUI
572 BRETHAUER Luis GER

Heat 2 startlist

91 WILLOUGHBY Sam AUS
148 van GENDT Twan NED
11 FIELDS Connor USA
595 MOLINA Gonzalo ARG
279 JONES Trent NZL
313 KIMMANN Niek NED
49 NYHAUG Tory CAN
132 MILANO Jefferson VEN

3.00am AEST - Women's semi finals - Run 2

3.08am AEST - Men's semi finals - Run 2

3.30am AEST - Women's semi finals - Run 3

3.38am AEST - Men's semi finals - Run 3

4am AEST - Women's final

4.10am AEST - Men's final

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