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)