Twan van Gendt is going to lose his BMX world title.

The 29-year-old Dutchman already stranded in the quarterfinals at the World Cup at Papendal on Sunday.

Merel Smulders, who won bronze at the Olympic Games, was eliminated in the semifinals.

Van Gendt finished fifth and last in the fourth and final heat of the quarterfinals.

Only the numbers one to four advanced to the semi-finals.

The early elimination was a disappointment for Van Gendt, who had just wanted to take revenge for the Olympic Games at the World Cup in his own country.

In Tokyo, the Brabanter stranded in the semi-final battle.

Van Gendt is still not fully recovered from the dislocated shoulder he sustained in April.

Olympic champion Niek Kimmann was placed in the same quarterfinal as Van Gendt and he finished first.

Jay Schippers was third and may also come back for the semi-finals.

Joris Harmsen and Mitchel Schotman also qualified earlier.

Dave van der Burg, like Van Gendt, did not make it to the semi-finals.

🇳🇱Joris Harmsen🇫🇷 Sylvain André🇨🇭 David Graf🇳🇱 Niek KimmannThose are your 1/4 Men Elite Race winners.

Big surprise as 2019 UCI BMX World Champion @twanvangendt is out!

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AuthorUCI_BMX_SXMoment of places12:00 - August 22, 2021

Laura Smulders convincingly to final

Among the women, Judy Baauw and Laura Smulders reached the final.

Manon Veenstra and Merel Smulders came through the quarter-finals, 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.

Her older sister Laura Smulders, good for silver at the World Cup in 2019, was eliminated in Japan by a fall in the semi-finals, but is convincing at Papendal for the time being.

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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