Caluag remains confident despite low seeding


Posted at Aug 09 2012 06:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2012 07:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino cyclist Danny Caluag remains confident of his chances in the BMX competition in the London Olympics despite finishing second from the last in the seeding run.

The 25-year-old Caluag clocked 40.9 seconds in the time trial where 27 others registered 39.772 seconds or faster.

''Seeding runs don't mean anything. Tomorrow is another day,'' Caluag said after the seeding run inside the Olympic Park.

''I miscalculated a corner so I slowed down a bit,'' added the BMX rider, the last of the Filipinos competing in the Games.

Caluag was just a notch ahead of Latvia's Edzus Treimanis, who spilled halfway through his lap and did not finish the seeding run.

On Thursday’s quarterfinals, Caluag will be racing in heat 3 together with Nicholas Long of the US, Joris Daudet of France, Marc Willers of New Zealand, David Herman of the US, Manuel de Vecchi of Italy, Roger Rinderkbecht of Sweden and Ernesto Pizarro of Argentina.

Raymon van der Biezen of the Netherlands was the fastest in the time trials, submitting a time of 37.779 seconds.

Van der Biezen will race in the first heat, while world No. 1 Sam Willoughby of Australia, (38.496), and defending Olympic champion Maris Stromberg of Latvia, (38.697), will race in heat 4.