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Shriever’s sensational journey

She was lifted off her feet by teammate Kye Whyte who had just taken silver in the men’s BMX gold medal race at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

Bethany admitted her legs had ‘gone’ at the end of the race she had to ‘give it all’ to get over the finishing line.

“I cannot believe it,” she said after crossing the finishing line. I just stuck to my route and went from there. I was watching Kye and I was almost crying because he got silver. Thank you so much to my family and everyone back home. Your support means so much.”

Leaning against a barrier during her BBC interview, she apologised for swearing live on air. Shriever’s journey to Tokyo 2020 began at just nine-years-old, when she was invited down to Braintree BMX club.

Winning the world junior BMX championships in 2017, Shriever, of Finchingfield, near Braintree in Essex, moved into the senior ranks, with her eyes firmly set upon the Olympic games.

Following UK Sport’s review into funding after Rio 2016, Shriever was uncertain that she would be able to achieve her dream.

From Jeremy Armstrong, in Tokyo

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