Australia may not have come away with any rainbow jerseys in the aftermath of the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill, USA, but a number of Aussies put on a superb showing against the world's best.
Cycling Central

30 Jul 2017 - 12:31 PM 

The womens final saw previous world champion Caroline Buchanan (AUS) cruise in on the back of dominant showings in the early heats and semi finals. In the final, she found herself riding from behind for once and despite a determined fightback finished only eight thousandths of a second behind Alise Post (USA). Post celebrated the win with fiancee, Sam Willoughby, who has been making the long recovery from spinal injuries that have seen him unable to walk.

Willoughby back on a bike
Australian BMX cycling star Sam Willoughby continues to make amazing progress as he recovers from the training crash that paralysed him.

The mens final was a similarly close affair, again coming down to a throw to the line as Corben Sharrah (USA) edged out Sylvain Andre (FRA) to take the win, with Joris Daudet (FRA) in third.

In the Junior Womens Final, it was oh so close for Australian Saya Sakakibara as she led throughout the race only to be passed in the home straight and cede the win to American Bethany Shriever by .117 of a second.