By Karen Price | July 15, 2018, 3:34 a.m. (ET)
Hannah Roberts competes in the women's park semifinals at the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup on July 13, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta.

 

Teenager Hannah Roberts is one of the top BMX freestyle riders in the world and already one of the top names to watch when her event makes its debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

After the qualifying event at the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup park competition Friday in Edmonton, Alberta, however, Roberts was not in the top spot. That belonged to Germany’s Lara Lessman, who beat Roberts by more than two points and hoped to repeat that result in Saturday’s final.

Roberts didn’t let that happen.

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The 16-year-old unleashed her sizable bag of tricks on her first of two runs to score an 89.20 and take the top position by more than five points going into the final heat. Lessman, who rode last, did pull into second place with a score of 86.40 but it wasn’t enough to overthrow the reigning world champion. Great Britain’s Charlotte Worthington came in third with a score of 83.80.

The victory marked a return to the podium for Roberts, who came in fourth at the stop in Montpellier, France, in May. She won the season opener in Hiroshima, Japan, in April. The next stop on the tour is in Budapest, Hungary, in September.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.