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Las Vegas' Connor Fields wins BMX gold at Rio Olympics

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Gold medalist Connor Fields of the United States celebrates during a victory ceremony for the men's BMX cycling final during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Gold medalist Connor Fields of the United States celebrates during a victory ceremony for the men's BMX cycling final during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas' own Connor Fields pedaled to a wire-to-wire gold medal victory in the men's BMX final at the Rio Olympics on Friday.

The 23-year-old native of Southern Nevada led from start to finish, besting a seventh-place finish at the 2012 Olympics and ultimately overcoming a wrist fracture suffered four months ago. This marks Fields' first ever Olympic medal.

Fields finished with a time of 34.622 seconds on the track, beating his closest competitor by six-tenths of a second.

The win also gave Team USA its first BMX gold medal since the sport was added to the Olympic schedule in 2008.

The Texas-born Fields, who was introduced to the sport just after the Beijing Olympics, resides in Henderson. He graduated from Green Valley High School and takes classes part-time at UNLV.

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