Hill first equal in qualifier

Last updated 05:00 27/11/2012

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Victoria Hill finished first equal in a BMX world championship qualifying event in Thailand at the weekend.

The New Plymouth 22-year-old dead-heated on points with fourth-ranked US rider Amanda Carr in the Thailand Open, an international event that drew riders from Thailand, Indonesia and around Southeast Asia.

A tropical downpour on Sunday meant the second day's racing was reduced to one moto and a final.

Hill finished second, with another Kiwi rider in the field, Monique Smith, of Gisborne, third.

The result is expected to help New Zealand qualify two elite women riders in the UCI BMX world championships to be held at Vector Arena in Auckland next July.

The qualification period ends in December, with only one event, in France on December 9, remaining for riders to score points.

Hill was a finalist for Taranaki Sportswoman of the Year.

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