The Colombian cyclist Mariana Pajón, double Olympic BMX champion, qualified for the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics without giving up the lead in any of the three qualifying series they played on Wednesday.
In her group of six applicants, Pajón was the fastest in the three runs of the Ariake Urban Sports Park circuit, built on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay.
With the skyline of the city’s skyscrapers as a backdrop, the 29-year-old cyclist from Medellín held off the Danish Simone Christensen and the Dutch Merel Smulders, with whom she was paired again in the semifinals on Friday; the final will be played on the same day.
The Brazilian Priscilla Stevaux was left out of the semi, the last of her group, as well as the Ecuadorian Doménica Azuero, penultimate in hers.
In the men’s series, the Brazilian Renato Rezende, the Argentine Nicolás Torre, the Colombians Vicente Pelluard and Carlos Alberto Ramírez and the Ecuadorian Alfredo Campo qualified for the semifinals. They all finished in the top four of their series, with access to the semifinals.
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