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2020 Tokyo Olympics

Patrick Coo barely misses World Cup R3 Round of 16

Patrick Coo bowed out of the 2021 UCI Supercross World Cup Round 3 after finishing a place short in the Last Chance Race of the tournament in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday morning (Manila time).

The tournament is the final qualification tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July later this year. Riders may qualify for the Games by gaining points for the UCI World Rankings.

Missing a direct spot in the Round of 16 after the first round, Coo started well in the Last Chance Race. He came in second at the beginning, behind Colombia’s Juan Felipe Ruiz by just 0.003 seconds.

German Philip Schaub, who was also in second after the start, then gathered speed at the first jumps and into the first turn to overtake for the lead after 8.892 seconds. Ruiz, who dropped to second, was not far ahead from Coo as they were just separated by 0.04 seconds.

French rider Tatyan Lui Hin Tsan pushed Coo down into fourth after the second and third turns, but the 19-year-old Filipino used the third jump and the tail-end straight to eventually finish in third with 35.533.

However, it was not enough as Schaub and Ruiz moved on into the Round of 16 quite comfortably with 34.470 and 34.869, respectively.

Coo earlier finished in sixth at Heat 5 of the first round after a difficult approach at the first jumps slowed him down at the turn. He dropped to seventh place after the second turn, before eventually recovering for the finish at 36.191.

The 2019 Asian BMX juniors champion will attempt to do better the next day in Round 4 in order to gain a shot at an Olympic berth.

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