Event: BMX Racing
Olympic History: Rio 2016; Tokyo 2020
Highlights: Olympic finalist, 2020 World Cup silver medallist
Year Born: 1991
State Born: SA
Anthony Dean first started competing in BMX as a 7-year-old in his home state of South Australia. He made an impressive start to his career, excelling in the National Series and National Championships.
In 2013, Anthony got his first chance at competing on the World Circuit. A year later, he claimed his first World Cup medal and finished second overall in the World Cup rankings.
As a reserve for the London 2012 team, Anthony continued to improve and climbed into the top ten in the world leading into Rio 2016. However, in early 2016 his Olympic dreams were almost shattered when he broke his collarbone during a training session.
Fortunately, he made a quick recovery after surgery and made it back in time for the season's opening World Cup event.
In Rio, Dean was exceptional moving through the quarter-finals as the highest ranked rider before winning each of his three semi-final races to join teammate Sam Willoughby in the final. Unfortunately Dean couldn’t match his earlier feats, getting caught up in traffic to finish his debut Olympic campaign in eighth.
Since then, the 30-year-old has been a consistent competitor on the world stage, boasting a handful of World Cup finals and a sixth place finish at the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships.
At the opening two rounds of the 2020 World Cup held in Shepparton, Anthony finished in second and fourth place. The South Australian athlete made his second Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020, competing in the men's BMX racing.
After making the men’s BMX final in Rio in 2016, Dean had high hopes for the Tokyo Games but unfortunately crashed out in the first run of his heat. Australia’s sole competitor in the event, Dean was able to start the two remaining runs but couldn’t claw back enough points to progress to the semi finals which marked the end of his campaign.