UCI BMX Flatland World Cup Final - Men
In today’s final we experienced the future of flatland. Japan is known for its love of the sport and for the past 15 years they have been running schools to train young flatland riders. Today we saw the result of that investment as one of Japan's “Super Kids” won the title. Ryo Katagiri 18 years old from Niigata was the first rider up today. He looked experienced beyond his years with so much flow in the transitions between his tricks, linking longer on longer combos. Landing all his tricks cleanly, including a trick he missed in yesterday's semi final he scored a BIG 90.00 points which no other rider was able to match.
In second place was a more familiar face, Matthias Dandois who produced a characteristic flawless run. Mathias 29 from Paris in France was the FISE World Series 2018 overall winner and he was back to his best today. We even saw some new stuff like a stylish spin on the back wheel with his foot hooked on the pedal. His signature long difficult links were also on show spinning on the back-wheel fully inverted. He scored 86.75 points to take second.
In 3rd place was Dominik Nekolny who we don't usually see at FISE competitions. Aged 33 from the Czech Republic his run was full of insanely difficult combos.
The rolling backwards hitchhiker and the cross-footed hitchhiker were spectacular. He came off the bike a couple of times which the Judges were really penalising but he still managed to score 84.37 to go into 3rd place.
Watch Ryo Katagiri run
Matthias Dandois takes the second place
Dominik Nekolny is third
All results HERE