BMX Freestyle made its debut at the Olympics in Tokyo but we will have to wait one more day before truly getting an idea of what the best in the world are capable of doing.
Competition began with the seeding round but while some used it to show what they could do, others played it much safer.
In fact in the men’s event American Nick Bruce, still recovering from injury, did not try a single trick and scored just 6.60, in a round where overwhelming favourite Logan Martin of Australia scored 91.90.
For Manchester’s Charlotte Worthington, it was a useful run-out but there was no need to show her hand ahead of Sunday’s final.
She explained: “I think everyone is holding their cards quite close to their chest, but today people definitely put a couple of them out there just to test the water. I think everyone has a slightly different plan for tomorrow so we’ll see what comes out. I’m sure everyone has got a sneaky trick or two.”
Britain have already enjoyed a brilliant Games in BMX with gold and silver medals for Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte respectively in the BMX racing.
Now it is the turn of the spectacular freestyle, where riders are scored on their tricks by judges, to enter the equation.
Worthington is a two-time world bronze medallist and tipped to earn a medal at freestyle’s debut in the Games, having only taken up the sport at the age of 19.
Even then, she was still working full-time as chef but six years on, Worthington made her Olympic debut after a long wait.
Worthington, whose Olympic debut is being broadcast live on Eurosport and discovery+, added: “It feels really good. It’s been a long time coming, it’s something we’ve worked for, for three years. Everything kind of went to plan, I had a good day and enjoyed the course so it’s good.”
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