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Cycling: Colombia's Pajon wins BMX gold at Pan Am Games

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariana Pajon of Colombia won the BMX gold medal at the Pan Am Games on Friday. Pajon won all three of her semifinal runs before beating second-place Paola Reis of Brazil and bronze medalist Stefany Hernandez of Venezuela in the final.

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A tattoo of the Olympic rings on the right wrist of two-time BMX gold medalist Mariana Pajon is now a badge of honor. A second tattoo on her left arm reading "Beyond gold" reminds her to strive for more.

The Colombian raised her bike triumphantly in the air again Friday when she won the BMX racing gold at the Pan American Games. The victory continued to cement her legacy in a sport that traces its roots to southern California, but that Pajon has dominated since she won at the London Olympics in 2012 and again in Rio four years later.

Pajon also had a dominant performance in Lima, winning all three of her semifinal runs. She finished the nearly quarter-mile course filled with bumps and sharp turns in 36.323 seconds, beating Brazil's Paola Reis, who won silver. Stefany Hernandez of Venezuela took bronze.


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