Judy Baauw and Laura Smulders took silver and bronze respectively at the BMX World Championships at Papendal on Sunday.

The Dutch women finished in the final behind the British Bethany Shrieve, who also captured the world title three weeks after the Olympic title.

Baauw and especially Smulders had a bad start at the World Cup final, so that the 22-year-old Shrever could quickly distance himself from the Dutch duo.

Due to a crash involving four of the eight finalists, Baauw and Smulders suddenly moved up to second and third place, which they held on to until the finish.

The 27-year-old Baauw is on the World Cup podium for the second time.

She won bronze in 2018 behind compatriots Laura Smulders (gold) and Merel Smulders (silver).

Laura Smulders was one of the top favorites for gold at the Tokyo Olympics for three weeks, but the bronze winner at the 2012 London Games fell in her first race in the semi-finals and was then unable to start full due to an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old Smulders is the 2018 world champion and four-time European champion.

Manon Veenstra and Merel Smulders made it through the quarter-finals on Sunday, but were unable to reach the best four in the semi-finals.

Merel Smulders (23) surprised three weeks ago in Tokyo by finishing third in her Olympic debut.

Defending champion Twan van Gendt is disappointed after his elimination in the quarterfinals.

Defending champion Twan van Gendt is disappointed after his elimination in the quarterfinals.

Photo: ANP

Kimmann and Schotman in men's final

With the men, Niek Kimmann and the surprising Mitchel Schotman are in the final

Defending champion Twan van Gendt was already eliminated in the quarterfinals.

The 29-year-old from Brabant, who has still not fully recovered from the dislocated shoulder he sustained in April, wanted to take revenge for the Olympic Games at the World Cup in his own country, where he stranded in the semi-final.

Olympian Joris Harmsen fell hard in the semi-finals at Papendal on Sunday, which brought a sad end to his career as a BMX rider for the 28-year-old Dutchman.

Jay Schippers (semi-finals) and Dave van den Burg (quarter-finals) also did not reach the final

The previous BMX World Championship was in 2019 in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

Last year's world championship was canceled due to the corona pandemic.

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