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Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Logan Martin will tackle BMX freestyle’s toughest round on Saturday to whet the appetite for next month’s Nitro World Games in Brisbane.
The Gold Coaster, who became the first man to win an Olympic BMX freestyle gold medal when he wowed the world in Tokyo last year, will master the Triple Hit ramp at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter this weekend in a exciting preview of things to come.
The Triple Hit is the biggest progression in freestyle BMX and gives riders the chance to string together their top three tricks back-to-back in what promises to be a thrilling spectacle for fans.
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It’s a radically different event from Park – the discipline in which Martin won gold in Tokyo – in which athletes typically string together more than 10 trick combinations in a 60-second window.
Martin described it as “a roller coaster on a BMX bike”.
“It’s about three big jumps in one line. You’ve got a big roll-in and you’re straight into three box breaks, so you’ll see three massive tricks in the space of 15 seconds, which is pretty epic,” the 28-year-old said.
Suncorp Stadium will host the Nitro World Games on October 22-23 and two-time world champion Martin leads a stacked field of elite competitors including Brandon Loupos, Kyle Baldock, Jaie Toohey and Josh Matthews.
This will be the first time a Triple Hit ramp has been competed outside of the United States.
Australia have a rich history of success at the Nitro World Games, having won 22 medals including 10 gold since its inception in 2016 – second only to the USA with 35 medals including 10 gold.
Martin finished second in the first Triple Hit in 2016 and won gold at Park in 2018.
“It’s the first time Nitro World Games have been held in Australia and it’s quite exciting that it’s in Brisbane and inside a stadium with all the events taking place in one place,” said Martin.
“I’ve never won a Triple Hit before. I came second in the first one I entered and the year after I was eliminated right before the event, on this ramp, so I’m coming back for a bit of redemption.
“It would be so epic (to win at a home event). I go to every event to do my best and hopefully I can come away with the win.