Roberts Wins Fourth World Title and Dowell Silver at the 2022 BMX Freestyle World Championships

November 13, 2022

Team USA continues its five-year podium streak at BMX Freestyle Worlds.

November 13, 2022 /ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The 2022 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships ended with the BMX Freestyle Park Finals. Twelve men and twelve women competed in the finals, with three men and three women from Team USA making the big show.

Elite Women’s Finals

Triple world champion Hannah Roberts (Buchanan, Mich.; Hyper BMX) refereed the women’s finals along with the rest of the Team USA women Perris Benegas (Reno, Nevada; Haro BMX) and Angie Marino (Buffalo, NY; Cult Crew).

Roberts was on a huge run and landed a double tail whip on the quarter but fell trying to throw a front flip she had already landed in practice. Roberts said: “It’s incredible. I don’t think it’s sunken yet. It’s an indescribable feeling. Obviously that was the goal. I just wanted to get out there and do my best. Unfortunately I crashed in my first run and had to do my backup run, but to get the win with it was an amazing feeling. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the season.

Benegas found her flow and had quite a run, with her classic big airs landing a score of 76.00. After a hard fall in practice last night after over-spinning on a backflip, marino was back to salvation. She flowed through her line and scored a 75.00.


1. Hannah Roberts (US) – 87.20

2. Nikita Ducarroz (SUI) – 84.70

3. Iveta Miculycova (CZE) – 83.20

7. Perris Benegas (US) – 76.00

9. Angie Marino (US) – 75.00

Elite Men’s Finals

The men’s final brought the event to a close and spectators were in anticipation of the insane runs, especially after the women’s excitement. Justin Dowell (Virginia Beach, VA; Hyper BMX), Markus Christopher (Canton, Ohio; DK Bicycles) and Daniel Sandowal (Corona, California; Free Agent Bikes) were the three men representing Team USA.

dowel was always at his best at world championships. He won in 2018 and was fourth twice and wanted to get back on the podium. 2022 was his year and he had an incredible first run. He posted a 91.50 and was confident that would put him on the podium, but a few riders were yet to fall. He ended the day with a silver medal and couldn’t have been happier.

“It feels great. It’s been a four-year break where I haven’t made it onto the podium, but I’ve finished fourth twice in a row so we were right there. I put some time into the off-season and worked on things that had to be done, and here I am, hoping to get first place again!”

For 19 year olds Christopher, This was his first year in international competitions and his first time at the World Championships. He’d found his flow all week in qualifiers and semis and it was a thrill to make it to finals day. He crashed in his first run but made up for it in his second run of the day, mastering every trick he set out to do. He scored 90.26, placing fourth.

Sandoval had some big tricks on his list that he tried to nail down in practice. Unfortunately, after going absolutely all-out in two runs, he fell in both runs attempting a double flair on the quarter pipe.


1. Rim Nakamura (JPN) – 93.80

2. Justin Dowell (US) – 91.50

3. Anthony Jeanjean (FRA) – 91.20

4. Markus Christopher (USA) – 90.26

12. Daniel Sandowal (US) – 50.40

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