Silver Lining For Hutt

Great Britain’s Emily Hutt took the under-23 women’s silver medal at the 2024 UCI BMX Racing World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Hutt’s ride was the GB team’s top result, after a tumultuous week that saw the weekend’s event under threat from extreme weather.

Beth Shriever’s bid to defend her rainbow jersey got off to the perfect start in Rock Hill, as day one saw her confidently lead the full British women’s contingent through to day two’s quarterfinals. Shriever dominated her heat, showing her usual powerful start with one of the quickest reaction times across the elite field. The talented defending champ won by almost half a second to avoid any need for a last chance qualifier race.

A seamless quarter-final saw Shriever head into a dramatic elite women’s semi-final where it all came unstuck and the rider, who had been flying all weekend, crashed out on the final straight, ending her competition.

Under-23 rider Emily Hutt delivered an equally impressive performance in the heats, winning by 0.606 seconds – the largest margin of victory across all the under-23 heats. Throughout day two, Hutt progressed steadily through the quarter and semi-finals, winning both of her heats before heading into the final. The 19-year-old delivered a cool and collected race, being pipped to the finish line by just 0.220 seconds, to take a sensational world championships silver medal for the second year in a row.

In the junior races Betsy Bax and Sienna Harvey made if four from four for British women on day one, as they placed second in their respective heats, putting themselves in the mix for medals. Both sailed comfortably through to the semi-finals where they found themselves going head-to-head, where Harvey just pipped Bax to qualification by 0.84 seconds.

Harvey went on to take sixth place in the junior women’s final, having been squeezed early on. Harvey then struggled to get back in the race, but she leaves Rock Hill after a fantastic championships and a final she can be proud of.

 

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