BMX GOLD! Charlotte Worthington 360 backflips to victory in historic performance

Worthington, 25, scored a whopping 97.50 in the women’s BMX freestyle final. The BMX rider landed a 360 degree backflip early in her second round – the first time it’s ever been landed in the women’s competition.

This is the first BMX Park event to be held at an Olympic Games.

Speaking to the BBC after her victory and making history, she said it was “unreal”.

“I’ve been dreaming about this for four years and I’m waiting to wake up,” said Ms Worthington, who trains in Corby.

“I didn’t put any pressure on myself but you’ve got to refocus and take it one trick at a time

“I’ve not been doing that trick [the 360-degree backflip] for that long so to have a lot of faith in that – I wouldn’t have had a lot of tricks if it wasn’t for Hannah Roberts.

“A lot of hard work paid off but the hard work has been on myself.

“The bike is physical but the work on myself has paid off.

“Huge thanks to everyone back home. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

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Worthington has followed a unique path to becoming the first-ever freestyle BMX Olympic gold medallist having previously worked as a chef in Manchester five years ago.

In the men’s BMX final, Declan Brooks landed in silver medal position with a huge score of 90.80 in his second run.

However, Brooks was pushed down to bronze after veteran rider Daniel Dhers of Venezuela gave a phenomenal run which included a a suicide 720, a front flip and a no-handed flare.

Australia’s Logan Martin won the gold with his first run performance and a whopping score of 93.30.