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SA's Dodd opens up BMX seeding run in Rio

2016-08-17 21:28
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Cape Town - South Africa's Kyle Dodd had the honour of being the first man to tackle the purpose built Olympic BMX center. Dodd recorded a time of 36.45s placing him 26th overall.

The seeding run determines which heat the athletes will compete in later in the week and even if riders fail to finish they will still compete in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Pietermaritzburg-born Dodd is the African champion and becomes the second South African man to compete in the BMX event at the Olympics after Sifiso Nhlapo represented the country at both the Beijing and London games.

France's Joris Daudet recorded the fastest time of the seeding run with a time of 34.61s, two-time Olympic gold medalist Maris Strombergs of Latvia was seventh fastest, while 2012 silver medal winner Sam Willoughby recorded the third fastest time.

Dodd will be riding in heat 2 tomorrow, together with defending champion Strombergs and Switzerland's David Graf who recorded the second fastest in the seeding run.

Each of the four quarter-finals will comprise five runs, using a point-for-place system. The top two riders after three runs advanced to the semi-finals and cease competing while the remaining riders compete for a further two places in the last two rounds, the additional places are calculated from scores across all five rounds.

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