Australia's Logan Martin, the pre-competition favourite for gold, didn't disappoint in the first-ever Olympics men's BMX freestyle final. The Aussie world champion can now also call himself an Olympic champion, after a spectacular first run (each of the nine riders runs twice) full of trickery, speed and style was awarded with a score of 93.30.
Venezuela's Daniel Dhers won silver with a stunning second run scored 92.05, while Great Britain's Declan Brooks, minutes after seeing his compatriot Charlotte Worthington win gold in the women's competition, took home the bronze medal with a score of 90.80.
BMX freestyle is one of five sports making their Olympic debut this year and each is leaving an indelible impression on the sporting landscape of Tokyo 2020. Martin will have the whole of Australia behind him, as he takes his place as the first champion in the sport's Olympic history.
Martin was thrilled with his performance in the final and the fact he lived up to his favourite tag: “I have no words. This is crazy. It’s been such a long journey to get here. I fully set out to get here and win the gold medal. I came in as the favourite after winning the world championships last month, so I had a lot of pressure coming into Japan," he said.
He also spoke about how emotional it was to put on a gold medal performance when it really mattered: “I’ve had so many highs in my career, but I’ve never, ever gotten teary, so that just shows how meaningful this one is to me," he said.
"It’s the biggest stage of them all, the gold medal, to bring that home and show my son. For him to look up to me… it’s amazing.”