In a memorable day for Australia, Logan Martin has claimed our first gold medal on land at Tokyo 2020, taking the men’s BMX Freestyle final out with a staggering score of 93.30 in his first run. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.
In some of the most breathtaking performative elements you will see at an Olympic Games, Logan Martin of Logan, Queensland has wowed the nation with a scintillating first run that brings more gold to Australia.
It is the first medal on land that Australia has claimed, with 13 gold medals all up and another one is waiting, with sailor Matt Wearn holding an unassailable lead in the laser.
Cycling Australia’s decision to build a replica park of the one Tokyo 2020 used has paid golden dividends. Martin and women’s rider Natalya Diehm practised for six weeks on the course.
In that time, Martin honed a line that would bring him the ultimate glory. It included backflips, frontflips, flares and tailwhips. But his greatest attribute was the sheer courage to take on airs and transfers that his fellow competitors wouldn’t touch.
He was unique in his run and landed everything so well that it proved a great task for judges to mark him down at all on his first run. He scored 93.30 which was 2.80 points better than anyone in the field.
No one could touch that mark, and his second run was a lap of victory. In true Australian style, he didn’t take it as such and tried to outdo his high watermark with unbelievable skill. He wasn’t able to finish the run off, but it was simply exceptional nonetheless.
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The Australian three-time world and X Games champion now adds the first-ever men’s BMX Freestyle Olympic Gold Medal to his full-to-the-brim trophy cabinet.
In a brilliant initiative by the Tokyo 2020 team, Martin celebrated with his family including his wife Kimberley and son Noah on the screen after his second run.
It is the first time Australia has claimed four gold medals on a single day, a historic achievement for the nation.
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