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Skizo makes BMX final in Florida, US
- Updated: March 12, 2013
Our Beijing and London Olympics BMX ace Sifiso “Skizo” Nhlapo has powered his way through to the Main Event of the latest ABA National Series in the United States.
Nhlapo ended eighth in the final, raced in Oldsmar, Florida.
A finalist in the Beijing Olympics where he crashed, Nhlapo battled injuries (among them a broken neck and damaged knee ligaments) before fighting back to earn a place on Team South Africa for the London Olympics. He was however unable to reach the final.
Said Nhlapo: “I remember being at the race last year and just being in complete survival mode due to my knee surgery I had had a year prior. The track look pretty similar with a few changes here and there. This was the first UCI points race of the year so I knew that all the heavy hitters would be in town but I knew I was prepared to do battle.
“On day one racing went OK. I had taken notes from last weekend and worked on a few things in the week which I think helped. I transferred out of my heats in the quarters which are always stacked and was stuck on the outside in second place going into turn one. A little contact was made in turn which left me with little to no exit speed for the next straight. I battled to the line and finished sixth which left me out.
“I wasn’t too upset because I knew I had the legs to go to the next round. Day two was a better day. I transferred out of my heats into quarters where I finished second. From my quarters I went on into semis where I finished third and made it to the main event.
“I felt good all weekend and managed to get out decently in the Main event. Outside lane choice on this track is a real disadvantage but I made the best of it and finished eighth in the main.”
That left the Gauteng athlete a happy man, given the circumstances. “I was very happy with the weekend’s racing and look forward to continuing the momentum for the rest of the season. This was my first main event since I had knee surgery two ago so it was a big step for me and thanks for all the support.”