Connor Fields Earns Gold At BMX World Cup For Second Podium In Three Events

By Darci Miller | May 13, 2017, 2:26 p.m. (ET)
Connor Fields and Marianna Pajon of Colombia pose after winning the men's and women's races at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on May 13, 2017 in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

 

At the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Connor Fields made history by becoming Team USA's first-ever Olympic champion in BMX. Since then, he hasn't slowed down one bit, taking first place at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium for his second podium finish in three events.

Fields struggled in the first stage of the world cup in Papendal, Netherlands, finishing seventh in the final before rebounding to take third place the next day in round two. He kept that momentum going in Heusden-Zolder in stage three. Fields reached the final having finished first in each of the prior six rounds of competition and managed to make it a clean sweep, just barely edging out the Netherlands' Dave van der Burg for gold. Fields clocked a time of 31.727 to take the top spot, while van der Burg finished in 31.951 for second place. Edzus Treimanis of Latvia placed third in 32.419.

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Corben Sharrah reached the final along with Fields, finishing seventh in 33.770, In the women's race, Felicia Stancil placed 15th. 

This is Fields' first world cup first-place finish since 2013, when he won the event in Santiago, Argentina. A two-time Olympian, Fields placed seventh in London in 2012 and immediately set his sights on Rio. In April of 2016 he shattered his wrist preparing for a world cup, leaving his Olympic fate in doubt. He underwent surgery and missed numerous world cups, the 2016 UCI World Championships and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for BMX. But he was able to heal in time to compete at the Games, and his past struggles are now firmly in the rearview mirror.

With his two world cup podium finishes, Fields moves into the overall series lead with 340 points. Racing continues in Heusden-Zolder on Sunday.