Pajon wins second gold for Colombia by kzahid25


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									Mariana Pajon celebrated becoming just the second Colombian to win
Olympic gold after a supreme showing in the London 2012 BMX competition.
The 20-year-old 2011 world champion followed Maria Isabel Urrutia to
Olympic glory, 12 years after the weightlifter won in Sydney, while Maris
Strombergs triumphed in the men's race for Latvia's first gold of London
Pajon said: "I'm very happy and proud. This is a very strong moment for
Colombia cycling, there's been a lot of support in recent years and
that's beginning to give results.
"It was a great moment for Colombia. Back then (in 2000) I was a gymnast
and didn't do BMX.
"I thought I would come to the Olympics as a gymnast. I saw those moments
and they fill me with pride and I wanted to come to the Olympics."
Pajon was supreme throughout the women's event, winning all three semi-
final runs before a scintillating final run saw her finish ahead of Sarah
Walker of New Zealand and Holland's Laura Smulders.
Strombergs won one quarter-final run and finished third in semi-final
heat two to advance to the final, where he showed his quality.
The 25-year-old found his top form at the right time to successfully
defend his title ahead of world champion Sam Willoughby of Australia and
Carlos Oquendo of Colombia, who were second and third, respectively.
Strombergs said: "It's just an amazing feeling. I think everybody at
home, they watched the race and deep inside they, not expected it, but
they were hoping that I could repeat. I think the whole country believed
in me.
"This one means a lot more to me. When you grow older you start to
appreciate things more. So this one is more special.
"For myself, it just gets tougher against these young kids. I can see
myself out there.
"I'm one of the old guys in BMX and I'm just 25. When you get older you
start thinking more.
"Deep down I was still confident and I'm happy that I was able to put
together one good race."

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