1 May 2012 (Shanghai): The final day of the KIA X Games Asia in Shanghai concluded on a high with world-class action sports competition in the BMX Mini-MegaRamp, Skateboard Vert and Skateboard Street Finals. The final day of competition welcomed a record crowd of 67,500 fans who cheered on the star-studded athlete line-up despite sporadic rain throughout the day.
Australian Vince Bryon clinched the BMX Mini-MegaRamp title, wrestling back the gold medal from last year’s winner, American Zack Warden, who finished second. BMX legend Chad Kagy won the bronze to complete the podium finish.
In the BMX Mini-MegaRamp Final, Byron got out to an early lead and never looked back. His best two runs consisted of a flip double-whip over the gap, into a 540 tailwhip on the quarterpipe and a 720 over the gap into a 540 tailwhip off the quarterpipe.
“I can’t believe it happened to be honest.” Vince Byron. “It rained, my brakes broke and I wasn’t having a good day and next thing you know I won. I’m stoked, I can’t complain!”
Though Byron got out to an early lead, the battle for second place did not end until the very last run of the competition, catapulting American Zack Warden from last place to second place and edging Kagy into third.
"Zack and I put on the boxing gloves and were duking it out the whole time,” said Kagy. “Last year, he pulled his first two tricks and then crashed everything and won. This year, he crashed everything and then he lands his last two runs and jumps all the way into second place, and I’m happy about it because he pulled some incredible tricks.”
Byron’s gold medal performance earned him a score of 85.00 and his second gold medal at this year’s event. Warden’s late charge gave him a score of 82.00, tying Kagy, but ultimately earned him silver as he won the tiebreaker with a higher single-round score in the final.
Top skateboarder and veteran Andy Macdonald finished the four-day competition with his fifth gold medal in six years in the Skateboard Vert ramp final, relying on consistency to score an 87.00 to top the surprise field of skaters in the Final.
Said the crowd favorite Andy Macdonald: “I was struggling for the first few runs today and then finally put together a solid run on my third, and then in my fourth it was all or nothing. I’m super psyched for the top three today and it turned out to be a great finals.”
Young upstart 15-year-old Brusco Mitchell was leading all competitors until Macdonald overtook him with his last run, who nearly bested a field including past winners Macdonald and seven-time X Games Skateboard gold medallist Pierre-Luc Gagnon. Today was Brusco’s first X Games podium finish, earning silver with a score of 86.67. Paul-Luc Ronchetti of Great Britain rounded out the podium with consistent skating, earning the bronze medal with a score of 85.67.
The Skateboard Street Final concluded early today due to rain, after only one-and-a-half heats in Round One. With riders in the second heat only taking two runs, skaters were ranked according to the highest single-run score of their first two runs.
Defending gold medalist Milton Martinez of Argentina came out on top once again with a score of 87.00. American Greg Lutzka earned the silver medal with an 84.00 and a higher single-round score than Japanese skater Ryo Sejiri, who earned the bronze medal with an 84.00.
The KIA X Games Asia, organised by ESPN STAR Sports’ Event Management and ESPN X Games with title sponsor Kia Motors, concluded with its sixth consecutive event with another record-breaking attendance at Yangpu District’s KIC Jiangwan Sports Center during the four-day event.
Said Harvey Davis, ESPN STAR Sports’ Vice President for Event Management: “This has been another landmark year for Asia’s biggest action sports competition in terms of spectator support, sponsors’ participation and athlete performance. We’re especially encouraged by the new wave of young athletes such as 12-year-old Tom Schaar and 15-year-old Brusco Mitchell putting on winning performances this year. It continues the trend of unearthing rising young talents at our event, and we’re delighted to see so many fans and athletes returning from previous years.
“We’d like to thank our title sponsor Kia Motors, our partners Yangpu District, SMG and the people of Shanghai for another successful event.”
Action sports fans can catch repeats of the KIA X Games Asia 2012 on ESPN networks across Asia, on-demand on ESPN Player* and Mobile ESPN*. Kindly visit www.espnstar.com for programme schedules.