Sarah Walker finishes sixth in BMX time trial

Last updated 19:53 27/07/2013
Sarah Walker
OFF THE PODIUM: New Zealand's Sarah Walker finished sixth in the women's elite time trial at the BMX world championships in Auckland.

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New Zealand's Sarah Walker has finished sixth in the BMX time trial at the world championships in Auckland.

The time trial was won by favourite Mariana Pajon from Colombia, who recorded a time of 25.153 seconds, which was 0.536 seconds quicker than Walker, while American Connor Fields defended his men's title.

Walker finished a surprising second in qualifying earlier in the day with a time of 25.680 seconds over the 300m course.

The other New Zealander in the field, Victoria Hill also made it through qualifying by finishing ninth with a time of 26.224 seconds and in the final placed eighth.

In the women's junior competition Hannah Starten was second in qualifying at 26.343, but she didn't do so well in the final, finishing fourth, with American Felicia Stancil claiming the world title.

In the men's junior competition, Cody Hobbs, Jarrod Browning, Todd Barry, Ryan Lewis, Donald Ross and Ryan Berney all failed to finish in the top eight to qualify for the final.

While Trent Woodcock sneaked into the men's final in 16th place, Daniel Franks, Marc Willers, Kurt Pickard, Matthew Cameron and Trent Jones all missed out.

In the men's final Woodcock placed 15th and was no match for Fields, who has consistently been the best in this form of BMX racing.

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