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Teagan into US finals

Our men’s elite racers failed to get past qualifying in the final round of the BMX Supercross World Cup round in Chula Vista, America on Friday but Teagan O’Keeffe flew the South African flag with aplomb.

None of our men’s riders, spearheaded by 2008 Beijing Olympian Sifiso Nhlapo went through, Gavin Lubbe’s 73rd spot the best on the day. Nhlapo was 98th and Kyle Dodd 110th in Friday’s time trials. A total of 140 riders started the testing track, writes Mark Etheridge.

Kloof’s O’Keeffe though was in fine form, the KwaZulu-Natal biker ending 15th in Time Trial 1 and then ended 16th in the TT Superfinal to go through to the final stage.

O’Keeffe, who turns 19 next month, clocked 39.445 in the time trial, 3.091sec down on American Brooke Crain’s 36.364, who won her first Major Supercross race. In her Time Trial 1 run earlier O’Keeffe had set a time of 38.743 to place 15th.

In the elite men’s race, it was another American in the shape of Connor Fields who snatched the best spot going into Saturday’s finals ahead of Canada’s Tory Nyhaug and Raymond van der Biezen.