Martin and Diehm claim third-straight BMX Freestyle national crowns
The 2021 BMX Freestyle National Championships at Melbourne’s Rampfest Indoor Skatepark on Sunday delivered a high-octane event with world champions, Olympic hopefuls and a record entrant list across junior, elite and masters categories, energising the packed crowd!
WOMEN’S Diehm overcomes wrist fracture to defend title
World number six Natalya Diehm defended her title with a stylish and courageous display.
After suffering a broken wrist in training in February, Diehm was initially ruled out of the Championships. However, she received medical clearance on Thursday after arriving in Melbourne just forty-eight hours before the final.
After hosting a come and try clinic with the next generation of Australia’s BMX Freestylers, Diehm rode to gold while unable to perform at 100% and with a borrowed bike and helmet.
Quotes - Natalya Diehm
“I’m so happy I could actually ride even with a hand injury, just coming off a broken hand. I’m super excited to defend my title.”
“It wasn’t until the flight here that I got medical clearance for the ride, so I didn’t have my bike or my helmet, it was all borrowed, but I did my best and got the gold.”
“All a part of the journey, I’m super excited, can’t wait to get back to 100% and give it my best.”
MEN’S World champion tussle as Martin claims third straight
2017 world champion Logan Martin claimed the green and gold national champion’s jersey for a record third time.
Martin’s experience was too good on the day, topping qualifying on the Saturday before delivering two spectacular one-minute runs in Sunday’s final.
Martin’s best score of his two runs was 93-points which gave him the crown, three points ahead of reigning world champion Brandon Loupos (90pts), with Joshua Matthews (87pts) rounding out the podium in bronze.
Quotes - Logan Martin
“It feels amazing to pull on the green and gold (jersey). I was going for the three-peat today, that’s the goal I had set out, to take home another gold. To be Australian champion three times in a row is amazing.
“I’m super stoked on the runs I pulled, pretty much did everything I had planned, one or two things in each run I had to sacrifice, but for the most part that was what I had planned.
“The standard of riding is really going through the roof. The progression rate on BMX Freestyle in Australia is amazing right now. We had an amazing turn out as well, especially after having the year we’ve had with minimal events. To see everyone get behind the 2021 Nationals is amazing.
“Amazing to be back out there after a year of training, we were at home trying to better ourselves to go to the next event and not to have many events over the last year was difficult. It’s really good to get out there and do what we have been practising in the last year.