South Africa’s BMX World Cup thriller

first_imgRobinson was full of praise for Willoughby, but felt that the inside lane was undoubtedly a factor in the final result. In the final, Willoughby started in the favoured inside lane, with Robinson on his left in lane two. Willoughby’s powerful start gave the young Australian the edge and this secured the all-important holeshot into the first turn. “I’ve been riding again for just seven weeks, so this is a good way to return. I took a year off after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Deciding to return to racing has obviously been the correct decision.” ‘It feels really good’ “Sam is improving all the time. He’s a real talent and so consistent. I would have loved to have had lane one for the final, but he made the most of it and he never made a single mistake. I planned to run at him in the third straight, but he was flawless through there.” Current women’s world champion, Sarah Walker of New Zealand, left her best performance for last when she recorded a dominant victory ahead of Argentina’s Gabriela Diaz and Frenchwoman Eva Ailloud, the current world number one. SAinfo reporter An enthusiastic crowd of over 1 000 spectators watched the event, which was the first of its kind in Africa. Van den Wildenberg was thrilled with third place. Praise Women’s finalSarah Walker (NZL) Gabriela Diaz (ARG)Eva Ailloud (FRA)Magalie Pottier (FRA)Merle van Benthem (NED)Rachel Bracken (AUS)Alise Post (USA)Jana Horakova (CZE) Australian double-junior world champion Sam Willoughby continued his impressive rise to the top of the BMX world when he won round two of the 2009 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Saturday. For Diaz, it was a rewarding return after a long layoff from the sport. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Women The 18-year-old Willoughby, who last month became the first rider ever to win back-to-back junior world titles, was in superb form throughout the event, winning every one of his heats, the quarterfinal, and the semifinal. “It feels really good to get a World Cup win so soon after winning the World Championships. I have definitely developed a lot of confidence lately and it’s showing in my results.” 24 August 2009 “This is my first ever podium in a World Cup, so I’m very happy,” smiled the Dutchman. “I over-jumped the first jump, which threw my rhythm out a bit, and from there I just followed Donny’s line and held my position.” The USA’s current elite men’s world champion and world number one, Donny Robinson, placed second, with Rob van den Wildenberg of The Netherlands rounding out the podium positions. With a bike-length gap opened up, Robinson had to hope Willoughby made an error on the highly technical third straight if he had any shot at grabbing the lead. But the Australian was smooth and in control, throwing up his arm in elation as he won his first Supercross World Cup event. After a crash in practice and less-than-perfect semi-final runs, the 21-year-old Walker charged into the lead at the first jump in the final, and had powered her into a two-bike-length lead by the second turn. She kept it smooth through the critical third straight, giving her rivals no opportunities to challenge her. “I’m really excited with this win! It’s the right end to a perfect day, I guess,” said the charismatic Willoughby. “I had lane two in my first heat, but won that and held land one for the rest of the day, which proved decisive.” Final “I took it a bit easy in the semi-final motos because I didn’t want to risk doing something silly and not making the final. But in the final I let it all out and I had a really good race,” smiled Walker. Next year, Pietermaritzburg will host a far bigger event when the UCI UCI BMX World Championships take place in the city in July. RESULTS Men’s finalSam Willoughby (AUS) Donny Robinson (USA)Rob van den Wildenberg (NED)Quentin Caleyron (FRA) Raymon van der Biezen (NED)Nicholas Long (USA)Ramiro Marino (ARG)Martijn Scherpen (NED)last_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES A few minutes into the presentation, the company’s vision are flashed on the screen: F2 Logistics wants to be faster. Better. Stronger. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it wings at the Olympic credo. And it figures. Uy, the company’s president and CEO is a sportsman.“I’ve always been involved in sports; I was an athlete when I was younger,” said Uy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd outside the business circles, inside the sporting arena, F2 Logistics is proving to be faster, better and stronger than the rest of the field in the Philippine Superliga.With already two titles in their trophy case, the Cargo Movers are more than equipped to defend their Grand Prix crown despite a bulk of their stars struck out of the roster while they’re on duty for La Salle in the UAAP. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving And the inspiration goes a long way in an industry that bleeds the clock dry with its nonstop activity. Whether it’s delivering life-saving medicines on time to where it is needed to keeping supermarkets stocked with fresh produce, logistics and cargo giant, F2 Logistics delivers to the Filipino public providing them with their needs on a daily basis.But the Cargo Movers have done their share of pumping up the energy of the workforce with their smashing victories on court. And they provide inspiration elsewhere too.“Believe it or not, these girls volunteer for a lot of our outreach programs,” Uy revealed. “A lot of our players know what it is like to grow up amid hardships so some of the girls, like Abby and Cha, they really want to open doors for others and volunteer to do clinics for us for free.”In a way, the Cargo Movers are a perfect reflection of the company they represent. From its humble southern roots “where we started with three branches and just a handful of trucks,” F2 Logistics has grown to more than a thousand trucks nationwide, providing world class warehousing and logistics services.The Cargo Movers traced more or less the same route in the PSL. They began “just wanting to be competitive,” said Uy, hiring such standouts as Cha Cruz, Aby Marano and Paneng Mercado to lead the young team.But after a third-place finish in their first year, Uy felt he needed “to beef up the roster.” While shopping for added talents, Uy made a partnership the De La Salle volleyball squad, which did not have a company to back them up yet; “with an already established team and led by one of the best coaches in the Philippine scene, we always aim to be the best ” said Uy.And the rest is history. The partnership has resulted in not just two PSL titles, but a championship for La Salle as well in the UAAP—the Lady Spikers are also backed by F2 Logistics in the collegiate league.With the PSL now in full swing, the Cargo Movers are now chasing for more success in a season that holds a lot of promise for the squad. Lee waxes hot for Hotshots Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “We will lack some key players, but we will be fine,” said head coach Ramil de Jesus.Uy brims with the same amount of confidence, pinning his hopes on former La Salle stars Aby Marano, skipper Cha Cruz, peerless setter Kim Fajardo and the ultra talented Ara Galang as the Cargo Movers hope for a repeat of their dramatic conquest of Petron in last year’s Finals.“That was such a memorable win,” said Uy. “We were already behind in Game 2, 0-9, and I remember some fans were already readying banners but we fought back and forced a fifth set. And then we won that fifth set and the momentum had already shifted to our side in Game 3.”More than the victory itself, Uy is appreciative of what the Cargo Movers have done for F2 Logistics as a company.“You know, after that win, people in the office started using that victory as an inspiration,” he said. “They keep telling themselves that if [the Cargo Movers] can do it, then nothing is impossible in work.”ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Efren Uy leans back on his chair and stares at a projector screen inside the F2 Logistics office boardroom. This is how he first introduces the company to people who are not fully acquainted with the logistics industry—through a presentation of their company profile.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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