Charlotte Worthington looking to replicate Olympic exploits at Munich European Championships

The BMX star has her sights set on freestyle gold at the multi-sports event in Munich

Charlotte Worthington admits she’s catching another taste of Olympic fever after soaring into the BMX freestyle final at the multi-sports European Championships.

The Tokyo Olympic champion, 26, racked up a formidable average score of 82.30 as a thrilling display in Munich proved too hot for Nikita Ducarroz and Lara Lessmann to handle.

Cycling is one of nine sports to feature at these multi-sport championships as the city’s iconic Olympic Park celebrates its 50th anniversary since hosting the Games in 1972.

Worthington thrived in the environment in the Japanese capital last summer and is loving getting more of the same 12 months down the line.

The 2019 European champion, who competes in the final on Friday, said: “I’m so stoked to see it here - it’s almost like a mini Olympics.

“It’s super well-organised and the European Championships have smashed it - we’re really well looked after and it’s so nice.

“It’s a really good position to be heading into tomorrow - I’ve got a couple of things I want to try and get out there and practice and hopefully that can come to fruition.

“But I definitely can’t tell you what they are! We had a hectic start to the year and a lot of the team have been travelling and competing for the best part of two or three months.

“We’ve had some good results and some not so good results – but that’s been a preparation for what’s to come for the rest of the year. We were out of practice but now I’d like to think we’re back in practice.”

Worthington captured the nation’s hearts at the Olympics last summer by pulling off a gravity-defying, dizzying 360-degree backflip to stun her rivals and grab a shock gold.

She’s blazing a trail for the next generation of BMX riders and one of them is Sasha Pardoe, the 16-year-old West Midlands star who also booked her place in Friday’s showpiece with a dazzling display.

Pardoe qualified in sixth with an average score of 59.00 and was hot on the heels of more experienced rivals Lessman – a junior Olympic champion – Laury Perez and Kim Lea Muller.

Worthington added: “Sasha is coming along and it’s been awesome to have her here.

"It’s nice to have someone else there and have someone to talk to – she’s definitely coming out of her shell.”

The multi-sport European Championships Munich 2022, featuring Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Canoe Sprint, Cycling, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Rowing, Sport Climbing, takes place 11th-21st August on the 50th anniversary of the Olympics Games in the Germany city. Follow online at bbc.co.uk/sport

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