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Papendal, Netherlands (August 22, 2021) – After winning the Russ Copeland Award for Best Junior Rider of the Year in 2020, Teigen Pascual proved once again that she is among the top Junior female riders in the world by clinching a silver medal at the BMX World Championships in Papendal, Netherlands on Sunday.

Pascual started the day by qualifying third in the motos to make her way directly to the semi-final round where she won her heat and moved on to the finals. In the final heat, she was just edged out by French rider, Mariane Beltrando who clinched the gold medal by only 0.725 of a second.

“It was nice to have the Canada jersey on again, and have it on the podium this time,” says Pascual. “This moment [winning the silver] means a lot. It’s been a hard two years, and it’s just nice seeing everything come together.”

Pascual was joined by Canadian teammates Max Ganakovskyy, Dylan Tremel and Jacob Shaw in the Junior men’s category, as well as Molly Simpson in the Elite women’s category. All four unfortunately did not advance to the next round.

“It was really refreshing to work with a young batch of junior and elite athletes,” says Canadian National BMX Coach, Adam Muys. “The day started out a little rough with a few crashes, but they got back on the bike and put in some great laps. It was really exciting at the end of the day with Teigen in the final and coming away with second place. I’m just really proud of all the athletes and seeing Teigen on the podium.”

Full results from the BMX World Championships can be found here. Next up on the BMX race calendar will be the Canadian BMX Championships and Canada Cup final which will be hosted in Calgary on August 28-29.

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Source: Cycling Canada 
Information: Simone Cseplo | Cycling Canada | simone.cseplo@cyclingcanada.ca