Tokyo Olympics: Bethany Shriever wins GOLD in BMX final to cap off a memorable day for Team GB

BMX brilliant! Bethany Shrever wins GOLD in the race final to cap off a memorable day as Team GB captured their first medals in the sport after Kye Whyte took a silver medal

  • Bethany Shrever earned a beautiful gold medal for Team GB in the BMX races
  • She made an upset to prevent Colombia from winning a third gold in a row
  • Shrever followed compatriot Kye Whyte who won silver in the men

Beth Schriever and Kye Whyte rode to BMX gold and silver on an incredible day at the track for Team GB.

The Essex and Peckham riders made history by taking home the country’s first-ever medals in the discipline.

Schriever, 22, defeated her rivals to win all three of her heats and the final itself.

Bethany Shrever took a stunning win in the BMX races to claim gold for Team GB

She went up against Colombian Mariana Pajon and upset to win

She went up against Colombian Mariana Pajon and upset to win

Schriever fell to the ground after winning and cried: 'I don't feel my legs'

Schriever fell to the ground after winning and cried: ‘I don’t feel my legs’

The 20-year-old Whyte was able to match her and finished just behind his Dutch rival.

“I’m in shock,” said a breathless Schriever, who had fallen to the floor crying after her performance: “I can’t feel my legs.”

“Being here is an achievement in itself. Getting to the final is an achievement in itself. To win a medal – honestly I am so overjoyed. It just means so much.

“I managed to hold on and take the win. It’s crazy. I fucking dug myself in. In the end I had nothing left. This is every athlete’s dream and I just did it. It’s just crazy.’

She followed compatriot Kye Whyte, who had won silver in the men a little earlier

She followed compatriot Kye Whyte, who had won silver in the men a little earlier

Schriever said she was forced to overcome her raw emotion to focus on her own race after watching Whyte win a medal

Schriever said she was forced to overcome her raw emotion to focus on her own race after watching Whyte win a medal

The win caps off a rollercoaster journey for Schriever, who left the GB setup to go solo in 2019 and wanted to raise £50,000 through crowdfunding to enable her to compete. Since then, she returned to the herd and was mentored by ex-World Champion Shanaze Reade.

Whyte took his teammate in his arms on an emotional early afternoon. He had previously promised to “bring something beautiful back to Peckham.” Attacked by his coaches after finishing narrowly behind the winner, he will do just that.

Shrever said she was forced to pull herself together after getting emotional watching Whyte secure his silver.

“I looked at him as I went upstairs, I almost cried because he got a silver one. I had to keep my cool, reset and dig in and as you can see I had no legs, I gave everything I got.’

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