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Dejection for Shanaze Reade as she misses out on the medals in London 2012
SHANAZE Reid has missed out on an Olympic medal for the second time.
The 23-year-old got the inside lane she wanted but a poor start down the hill left her caught up in back traffic in the one-run BMX final in London.
She had left herself with too much to do, leaving her dejected to back up her crash on the final bend in the 2008 Beijing Olympics final.
Heat two top rider Mariana Pajon, of Columbia, secured the gold medal, with USA’s Sarah Walker second and the Netherlands’ Laura Smulders third.
Reid was in impressive form as she booked her ticket to the London 2012 showdown an hour earlier.
The 23-year-old from Crewe was second in her first run of the semi finals, a clear winner of the second run and second in the third run, qualifying second behind Caroline Buchanan. Reid, a member of the Crewe-based Cheshire Ghost Riders club, had support from Prime Minister David Cameron and sporting icon David Beckham among the 6,000 crowd alongside the Olympic Park track.
Reade, the World BMX champion in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 as well as being the Olympic test event winner last year, went into the final as one of the favourites.
She started riding as a 10-year-old and has been Britain’s number one since she was 17 years old.