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U.S. takes top spots in men's BMX

Updated: October 22, 2011, 10:27 AM ET
Associated Press

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- First came the crash. Then came the blood. And then, finally, there was the gold.

Connor Fields went through it all Friday at the Pan American Games, eventually winning the men's title in BMX cycling and pushing the United States into triple digits in the medals table.

"In the second heat I had a mechanical malfunction, my chain snapped," the 19-year-old American said. "It sent me right over the handlebars. I was all cut up and bruised."

Despite the miscue, ...

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