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Teagan takes sixth at Gator Nationals

South African BMX racer Teagan O’Keeffe raced her first UCI race of the 2014 season, which kicked off at the Gator Nationals in Oldsmar, Florida (USA).

KwaZulu-Natal’s O’Keeffe was happy with her sixth-place result, as she had set her goal on fifth place and was pleased to be so close to her goal.

ÔÇ£Training during my off-season went really well for me,ÔÇØ said O’Keeffe, right.

ÔÇ£I was healthy and I didn’t have any injuries to contend with so I could just put in the hard work. There are just a few more things to work on, but I am feeling a lot stronger and more determined than ever!ÔÇØ

O’Keeffe enjoyed the Oldsmar BMX track, due to it being a super smooth and flowing track, making it fun to race on. ÔÇ£I love it because there is always good action on this type of track,ÔÇØ she said.

With all the usual contenders on the start gate, O’Keeffe was optimistic racing against the ÔÇ£best of the bestÔÇØ.

ÔÇ£Racing the Olympic champion (Colombian Mariana Paj├│n) is never easy,ÔÇØ continued O’Keeffe. ÔÇ£But I learn a lot and it pushes me to be as fast as her one day!ÔÇØ

Elite Women Final (day one)
1 Mariana Paj├│n COL
2 Alise Post USA
3 Felicia Stancil USA
4 Brooke Crain USA
5 Shanaze Reade GBR
6 Dani George USA
8 Dominique Daniels PUR

Elite Women Final (day two)
1 Alise Post USA
2 Mariana Paj├│n COL
3 Felicia Stancil USA
4 Simone Christensen DEN
5 Brooke Crain USA
7 Shanaze Reade GBR
8 Shelby Stacy USA