South African fans (Getty)
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
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.