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Corben Sharrah Wins Final BMX World Cup, First American To Win Series In 3 Years

By Darci Miller | Oct. 09, 2016, 6:32 p.m. (ET)

Corben Sharrah competes during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for BMX held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on June 11, 2016 in Chula Vista, Calif.

For Corben Sharrah, there's no place like home. After winning the South Carolina-based fourth stop of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup last weekend, he took home his second consecutive first-place finish on Sunday at the world cup finale in Sarasota, Florida.

Sharrah, who finished ninth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, reached the finish line in 33.006 seconds for a narrow victory over Latvia's Maris Strombergs, who took silver with a time of 33.870 seconds. Sylvain Andre of France rounded out the podium in 34.695 seconds.

This was Sharrah's third world cup win this season; he also emerged victorious at the season opener in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, in March. His performance earned him first place in the overall world cup standings with 855 points. He owned a dominating lead over second-place David Graf of Switzerland (600 points), who finished 16th in Sarasota. Strombergs, a two-time Olympic champion, came in third overall with 560 points.

The last American to win the overall world cup standings since 2016 Olympic champion Connor Fields did so in 2013.

On the women's side, 2016 Olympian Brooke Crain earned the silver medal after also taking second place in the time trial earlier in the day. Laura Smulders of the Netherlands finished first in 37.027 seconds, followed by Crain in 38.018 seconds. Belgium's Elke Vanhoof took third in 38.796 seconds. Americans Amanda Geving and Danielle George finished fifth and sixth in the final. 

Crain entered the weekend in fourth place in the overall world cup standings, but her strong finish catapulted her into second place with 750 points. Smulders took the top spot with 985 points, and Simone Christensen of Denmark finished third with 680. 

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