Pajon, Daudet win BMX titles; Post, Long qualify for US team

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) Mariana Pajon of Colombia has won the women's elite race at the BMX world championships, while Joris Daudet of France took the men's title.

American riders Alise Post and Nicholas Long each finished third in the finals of their respective races on Sunday, automatically qualifying them for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the Summer Games in Rio.

Pajon, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, finished with a time of 41.385 seconds on a track named in her honor in her home country. Australia's Caroline Buchanan was second, 0.927 seconds behind the Colombian.

Post took third after finishing 1.476 seconds back.

Daudet, a 2012 Olympian, had a winning time of 36.737 seconds, edging Niek Kimmann of the Netherlands by 0.048 seconds.

Long was 1.643 seconds behind in third.

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