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Mariana Pajon of Colombia wins women's cycling BMX gold at London Olympics

08-11-2012 01:32 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Colombia's Mariana Pajon claimed the women's cycling BMX gold medal at the London Olympics on Friday.

Pajon, 21, came home first in 37.706 seconds, earning Colombia's first gold in London and the country's second in history since Maria Isabel Urrutia triumphed in the women's 75kg weightlifting at Sydney 2000.

"After the time trials I felt I was going really fast - my gate (placing at the start of the race) was awesome. I have tried so hard for it and I just did it. I won the three motos and the final. I felt really strong, I had really good gates and that's it," Pajon said.

"I really had fun on it. I can't believe it. It's like a dream. I have to wake up tomorrow and realize what I have just won," she added.

Sarah Walker from New Zealand took silver and Laura Smulders from Netherlands had bronze.

BMX, which started in the late 1960s in southern California and made an Olympic debut in 2008, has brought a wild flair packed with youthful energy and colorful characters to the Games.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: Xinhua

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