Cycling: American Fields takes gold in men's BMX final

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Posted: Aug 19, 2016 2:39 PM

By Martyn Herman

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - American Connor Fields powered home to Olympic BMX gold after a thrilling final at the X Park on Friday.

Fields trailed compatriot Nicholas Long at the halfway point of the final but produced a stunning couple of turns to take the title from Dutch rider Jelle van Gorkom.

Colombia's Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes was third after edging out Long in a photo finish.

An ecstatic Fields, who recovered from a badly broken hand in April, threw down his bike in the finish area and leapt into the arms of his support team.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)