Britain’s Bethany Shriever adds to Olympic crown by becoming BMX World Champ

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Credit: British Cycling

Bethany Shriever has cruised to victory at the BMX World Championships.

Shriever, 22, has become BMX World Champion after controlling the final race from start to finish thanks to her blistering pace out of the gate.

The former teaching assistant is the first woman to hold both BMX supercross titles at the same time.

Her position on the outside, which Shriever said she felt “pretty chill” about, worked to her advantage as she avoided being caught up in the first-corner tangle between Willoughby, American Felicia Stancil and Swiss rider Zoe Claessens.

Judy Baauw came second and the Dutch rider Laura Smulders came third.

After the race, the Olympic champion said “it was hard to believe” what had happened.

“I’ve been riding consistently and I just wanted to go out there and have a good time, like I did in Tokyo.

“I went in gate eight, I was relaxed and happy. I had an alright start and just managed to dig in and take the win. I’m aghast!”

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