By Mark Etheridge
Beijing Olympian Roxy Burns will be looking to bounce back up to top form after a disappointing start to her UCI world para-cycling track championships in Los Angeles, California.
Stellenbosch based had been in confident frame of mind for the women’s 500m where she lined up in the C4 category.
But, as is so often the case in the sporting world, the best laid plans went awry and she failed to make it onto the podium.
“It was bad, I meant to get a bronze and then came fifth,” Burns told Road to London 2012. “Everything was going great, had a great warm-up was focused and seeing myself on the podium… then I miss-timed my start and went to early.
“I had to stop and reload and by the time I had done that I had lost my rhythm and never got it back, I let myself down and my coach…..
Said team manager Ben Capostagno: “Roxy’s preparations had gone well and she looked set to ride a PB [personal best]. Unfortunately, she went a bit early on the start and this affected her balance and cost her a few seconds. Roxy was understandably gutted, but will no focus on the 3000m pursuit.
“Next up it’s the turn of Jaco Nel, Dane Wilson and Jannos Plekker for the 4000m Individual Pursuit.”