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Corben Sharrah Is Victorious At First Of Two Home BMX World Cups

By Craig Bohnert | Oct. 02, 2016, 9:51 p.m. (ET)

Corben Sharrah competes in the men's BMX seeding run at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at The Olympic BMX Centre on Aug. 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Corben Sharrah won the fourth stop of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series with a victory on home soil at the Novant Health BMX SX Track in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The win is the second this season for Sharrah, a 2016 Olympian who finished ninth in Rio. Combined with his victory in the season opener in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, in March, Sharrah carries a dominant lead in the series standings into next week’s season finale in Sarasota, Florida. He enters the race with 630 points, 115 ahead of David Graf of Switzerland, who placed third in Rock Hill. Justin Posey finished eighth on Saturday for the United States.

Finally returning to top form after suffering a broken femur four years ago, Sharrah has earned a spot in three of the four finals thus far this season, missing only the final at May’s meet in Papendal, Netherlands.

On the women’s side, two-time Olympian Brooke Crain was the highest-placing American with her fourth-place finish, just ahead of teammate Danielle George. Crain will head to Sarasota with 555 points, which puts her within striking distance of an overall podium finish. She is only 10 points behind Denmark’s Simone Christensen and 90 points away from Caroline Buchanan of Australia. After winning the first two races and placing second in the third, Buchanan skipped the Rock Hill race, surrendering the overall lead to Laura Smulders of the Netherlands, who enters the final with 760 points.

Racing in Sarasota begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 8, with qualification motos followed by time trials. Action continues on Sunday at 2 p.m., with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. 

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