Kye Whyte claims Team GB’s first EVER medal in BMX Racing as sensational display sees Peckham born star land silver with Dutchman Niek Kimmann narrowly beating him to gold medal
- Kye Whyte won silver for Team GB and claimed a first medal for Great Britain in BMX
- He finished just behind the Dutchman Niek Kimmann in a sublime show
- A late crash by Romain Mahieu split the field, allowing the two to race ahead
Kye Whyte earned Britain’s first BMX race Olympic medal with silver at the Tokyo Games.
The 21-year-old Londoner, hampered by a poor start in qualifying, came second in the first corner of the final and held onto his position as Niek Kimmann took gold for the Netherlands.
The two crossed the line by a healthy margin after a late crash by Frenchman Romain Mahieu that divided the field, with Colombian Carlos Ramirez Yepes taking bronze.
BMX racer Tye Whyte has claimed silver for Team GB in the event’s first medal in Great Britain
Whyte had shown in qualifying that he had the speed to compete if he could only get off the line. He had to recover from a bad start in the first two runs, but then won the latter to secure his place in the final.
And there were no mistakes when it really mattered as Whyte got into position quickly.
United States defending champion Connor Field was unable to enter the final after crashing heavily in the final run of his semi-final, leaving the track on a stretcher.
More to follow.