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Worthington takes first world cup podium in Canada

Worthington takes first world cup podium in Canada

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Charlotte Worthington claimed her first-ever podium perch in style in Canada after taking third place in the women’s UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup.

The 22-year-old, from Chorlton, took her season to the next level in Edmonton with an aggressive but controlled second run in the final, securing her place on the podium with 83.80 points.

The USA's Hannah Roberts took top spot with 89.20 points while Germany’s Lara Lessman was second with 86.40.

Coming into the event at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, Worthington had performed well in the first World Cup round in Hiroshima, taking sixth, and had been in training since the second round in Montpellier.

But in Edmonton, Worthington looked in great form all weekend and after qualifying in fifth set about improving on that ranking in the final.

She began her run with a neat backflip and included a footplant before two clean 360s that powered her up the final standings.

James Jones was the sole Great Britain Cycling Team qualifier for the men's final, after taking 10th place in the semi-finals.

Jones produced a solid run in Sunday's final, taking a world cup season's best of ninth.

Elsewhere and after making her debut in Montpellier, a crash in qualifying hindered Emma Finnegan’s chances as she finished 18th, while in the men’s semi-final, Mark Webb finished 18th and Alex Coleborn 22nd.

Ben Wallace finished 26th in qualifying and Jack Clark completed in 31st place.

Round four of the World Cup will see the athletes head to Budapest in September before the final round in China.