Victorian Institute of Sport

Turner makes solid start

Thursday, 18 August 2016

The BMX competition got underway in sizzling conditions on Wednesday with the time trial seeding runs – an all-out 35-second dash to the finish line of the 400m course at the Olympic BMX Centre in Deodoro.

Debutant Bodi Turner posted the thirteenth best time of the day (35.333) on his first hit out in the green and gold, and has been placed in heat four for the quarter final race.

Turner will have to wait his turn to make a lane choice, but he isn’t letting that affect his preparation for Friday.

“Inside lane is pretty important, so the winners today are going to have first pick... but I go better on the outside as I don’t feel the pressure of being squished, so I would have been happy if I had finished last today,” Turner said.

“From here, I think it is all about trusting in your own ability. It is fast speeds, there are eight people on a six metre wide track. You just need to trust your ability and be aggressive the guy who looks and feels most confident is going to come out on top.”

Action gets underway at 2.30am Friday AEST.

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