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Battered O’Keeffe makes it to World Cup semi-finals

By Mark Etheridge

California based BMX ace Teagan O’Keeffe shrugged off a big crash during practice to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup SX event in Netherlands at the weekend.

Young O’Keeffe was racing at the Olympic Training Centre in Papendal and ended up fifth in the semi-final after a tough weekend’s racing.

Despite her spectacular crash there was no major damage and the KwaZulu-Natal based rider went on to qualify 12th in the time trial.

The top 16 went through to do another time trial run and then it was on to the mottos where she placed fourth, third and fifth. That saw her transferring into the semi-finals.

Only the top four go through to the main race, meaning she missed out by just one position.

“But she was really pleased with this result as she said its a tough track,” said O’Keeffe’s mother, Dawn on Tuesday.

Some good form in earlier events in Manchester and Santiago del Estero, coupled with her latest success see the youngster placed 11th in the world rankings with 321 points. Leader is Britain’s Shanaze Reade with 550 points.

Also in action at the weekend was two-time Olympian Sifiso Nhlapo. After ending 59th in the time trial, he made it through to the motos where he came fourth, eighth and sixth but failed to progress through to the next round.

O’Keeffe now turns her attention to the World Championships in New Zealand and then its the final round of the World Cup SX events in Chula Vista, USA.