Tokyo 2020 - Bethany Shriever wins gold medal for Team GB in BMX after dramatic finish to women's final
Fields was unable to line up for the final after being taken away on a stretcher after crashing heavily in the final heat of his semi-final. Whyte's success preceded teammate Bethany Shriever's, who went one better and took gold in the women's race. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+
‘Look what it means!’ - Shriever wins stunning gold for GB in BMX
Shriever had not entered the event among the leading favourites, but qualified fastest from her quarter-final.
She then dominated the three semi-final heats, winning all three.
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However she saved her fastest run for the final, and needed every tight margin to edge out Pajon (44.448).
Merel Smulders of the Netherlands took bronze with a time of 44.721 seconds after sister Laura missed out on qualification for the final.
The start of racing at the Ariake Urban Sports Park had been delayed due to morning rain.
There was a further delay after defending Olympic champion Connor Fields crashed out in his final heat of the men's semi-final.
That meant a lengthy delay for some of the women, including Shriever.
However the Leytonstone-born rider, who worked part-time as a nursery teaching assistant to help support the costs of her training and travel in the build-up to Tokyo 2020, held her nerve to secure a famous gold for Great Britain.
Shriever's gold is Team GB's sixth of the Olympics.
She follows Tom Pidcock, who won the men's mountain bike, as Great Britain's two cycling Olympic champions so far.
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