Daniel Dhers is proving age is but a number…
The 36-year-old Venezuelan professional BMX rider claimed the silver medal in the first ever BMX freestyle competition at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Most of the 18 riders who competed at the Ariake Urban Sports Park are in their early or mid-20s, with eventual gold medalist Australia’s Logan Martin nearly a decade younger at 27.
Dhers, the only rider in the field born before 1990, ended the competitition with a best score of 92.05 to Martin’s 93.30.
Great Britain’s Declan Brooks took home the bronze with a score of 90.80.
Dhers has competed at the highest level for more than a decade but any thoughts of winding down were put aside when, in 2017, BMX freestyle was added to the Olympic program.
“It’s a thing that I didn’t believe I would get to see in my career,” Dhers, who lives in North Carolina, told reporters.
Report”I’m just super happy that I was able to make it through the qualifications, and just can’t believe we are here. So I’m so, so psyched,” Dhers, a four-time X Games champion, said.