Reynolds falls short in the quarter finals

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Bunbury dual Olympian Lauren Reynolds made it to the quarter finals of the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships at the weekend.
Camera IconBunbury dual Olympian Lauren Reynolds made it to the quarter finals of the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships at the weekend. Credit: The West Australian

Bunbury BMX star Lauren Reynolds had a tough weekend at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships at the weekend.

The dual Olympian did not get past the quarter finals stage of the competition, which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

After bad weather called off day one of the competition, the women’s and men’s elite races were all held on the Saturday.

Reynolds placed second in her heat, finishing behind friend and teammate American Alise Willoughby.

Both are trained by former Australian BMX rider Sam Willoughby and were preparing in the United States ahead of the World Championships.

Reynolds was in a comfortable position heading into the quarter finals, but struggled in the race to finish sixth and more than two seconds behind the winner in American Brooke Crain.

It was a tough week for Reynolds, with distractions galore, including her luggage turning up late after her flight from the United States.

Laura Smulders won the women’s elite championship after Willoughby, who was defending her title, crashed in the final, in what will be an event to remember.

In the men’s elite it was Sylvain Andre who was crowned the champion in a photo finish alongside Joris Daudet, with the former winning by 0.006 of a second.

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