updated 8/21/2008 10:54:56 PM ET 2008-08-22T02:54:56

World champion Maris Strombergs of Latvia has won the gold medal in men’s BMX cycling, holding off American stars Mike Day and Donny Robinson for the title.

Strombergs took control from the start and remained in the lead the whole way Friday, claiming the first-ever Olympic men’s BMX gold.

Day — who dominated the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds — won the silver and Robinson the bronze for the United States.

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