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Chislett’s world champ!

Two South Africans won medals on the first day of the 2009 UCI BMX World Championships in Adelaide, Australia on Friday. Jonathan Chislett won gold in the men’s 25-29 year age group, while Kane Herbert secured silver in the men’s 17-24 division.

Other age-group racers in action on Friday were Aldane Marais, Calvin Whittle, Ryan Stiebel, Christopher Austin and Richard Facer. Whittle and Facer reached semi-finals in their respective divisions, but were unable to emulate Chislett and Herbert in advancing through to the last eight.

Scheduled to race in the Junior and Elite events on Saturday are Dean Holdstock, Gavin Lubbe, Jordi O’Keefe, Teagan O’Keefe, Wayne Gerber, Lloyd Dodd and Paulo Selicato.

Any success by South Africans at the World Championships will a big morale boost for the country ahead of the forthcoming Round 2 of the 2009 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, presented by Swatch, which takes place in Pietermaritzburg from 20-22 August.

South Africa’s top racer, Sifiso Nhlapo, one of the world’s leading competitors, is not racing that the World Championships and will miss next month’s Supercross World Cup in Pietermaritzburg as he is recovering from a fractured neck after a crash in Norway last month.