Krystal back from world BMX titles
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
HARBOUR City BMX club rider Krystal Cranfield is happy to be home after a frustrating World Championships in Paris.
The 19-year-old, who went to the worlds as part of Australia's high performance team, bowed out of the elite division in the semi-finals.
This resulted in Cranfield placing 16th overall. It was a result that proved frustrating for Cranfield as she drew the outside barrier and was unable to seriously make a final challenge.
'To draw eight in the semi made it tough for me,' Cranfield said.
'When you're on the outside of the track it is near difficult at that level to qualify where you need to.'
But on the whole, Cranfield was pleased with her first foray at the elite level, saying with a bit more luck she could have reached the final.
'My form was good, I had qualified for the semis pretty well ? if I had some more luck, the final could have been a big possibility,' she said.
Cranfield added the entire trip was 'fantastic', saying France and Switzerland where the Aussies had a training camp prior to the titles, were great places.
'France and Switzerland were very nice, the facilities were fantastic and we were looked after really well,' she said.
Cranfield is unsure what is coming up, but mentioned a trip to Japan with the Australian team could be happening late in September.
Cranfield's Harbour City club-mate Ryan Young also competed at the titles.
Unfortunately he was knocked out of the eight years age division in the quarter finals.