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Bennett races in semifinals with injured shoulder

 Kyle Bennett, of the United States, holds his left arm in pain as he makes for the finish line during the BMX Men's quarterfinal run, at the Beijing ...

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Kyle Bennett, of the United States, holds his left arm in pain as he makes for the finish line during the BMX Men's quarterfinal run, at the Beijing ...

Despite a dislocated left shoulder, three-time world champion cyclist Kyle Bennett of the U.S. was able to race in the BMX semifinals Friday at the Beijing Olympics.
Bennett finished sixth in his round, not qualifying for the gold-medal final. Only the top four in each semifinal advanced to the main event.
"I was just thankful I was even able to get out there and race," Bennett said.
Bennett, who suffered the injury in Wednesday's qualifying heats, was one of the first riders at the track Friday for warm-ups, after which he pronounced himself able to race. He has battled pain and soreness in the shoulder since going down in a nasty crash that occurred after a Dutch rider lost control in front of him.
Another crash doomed his chances Friday. In the third and final semi heat, two riders went sideways, costing Bennett valuable time. He finished the three-race series with 14 points; only those with 13 and less qualified.
"Hey, man, I'm just happy to be a part of all this and being a part of history," Bennett said.
This is the first year BMX has been part of the Olympic cycling program.


Updated : 2021-05-13 23:29 GMT+08:00