Virginia Beach’s Justin Dowell seeded eighth, will start second in debut of BMX freestyle

Japan 2020

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Justin Dowell of Team USA in action in front of the Olympic rings logo during the Men’s BMX Freestyle seeding event on day eight on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

TOKYO (WFXR) — Justin Dowell will be the second competitor in the first ever Olympic BMX freestyle final on Sunday at Ariake Urban Sports Park.

The American from Virginia Beach was seeded eighth out of nine athletes following Saturday’s preliminary competition, averaging 75.20 points after two runs.

His teammate Nick Bruce will start first after foregoing his two runs in the seeding round, officially scoring an average of 3.80. Bruce said afterwards on his Instagram account that he had a “bad crash” in practice days prior and hopes to bounce back in Sunday’s final.

BMX freestyle is making its debut in the Olympics.

Dowell began riding in 2004 and won his first world championship when he was just 18 years old back in 2018. He also won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 2019.

Read more about Dowell by clicking here.

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