Charlotte Worthington produces new move to win Olympic gold in BMX freestyle
Press Association 2021
Great Britain’s Charlotte Worthington during the Women’s Cycling BMX Freestyle
Former cook Charlotte Worthington served up a gold medal for Team GB in the BMX freestyle as British success in Tokyo continued on Sunday.
Worthington, from Manchester, landed the first-ever 360 backflip to be performed in women’s competition, having worked in a Mexican restaurant as she trained for this year’s Games.
The 25-year-old’s gold was followed by a bronze for Declan Brooks in the men’s freestyle, while a British quartet snared a silver in the last swimming event in the pool, the 4×100 men’s medley.
Worthington fell in her first run but landed a front flip and a huge backflip on her way to a first-place finish, her gold coming after Bethany Shriever secured the Olympic title in the BMX racing, while Kye Whyte finished second in the men’s event.
Brooks’ bronze means Team GB finished on the podium in all four BMX competitions in Tokyo.
Stephen Park, British Cycling’s performance director, said people should remember her name.
He tweeted: “The route hasn’t been smooth but to nail @Tokyo2020 this after the 1st run fail is huge testimony to her belief & resilience.
“@chazworther A Top @TeamGB @BritishCycling athlete. Remember her name.”