(R) Corben Sharrah competes in BMX.
Olympian Corben Sharrah had that winning feeling on Saturday as he reached the top of the podium in a UCI Supercross World Cup event in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
Sharrah, a 2016 Olympian and 2017 world champion, won the elite men’s final in Round 7 of the Supercross World Cup, edging out Gonzalo Molina of Argentina in a tight race that also featured Jared Garcia of the U.S. finishing third for the bronze medal. The top four finishers were within one second of each other with Sharrah winning in 32.012 seconds.
“It feels awesome when you finish the day on top,” Sharrah said on the webcast following his race.
The win boosted Sharrah into sixth place in the world cup rankings with another race, Round 8 on Sunday in Santiago del Estero, still to go.
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Alise Willoughby, a two-time Olympian and 2017 world champion, finished a strong second in the elite women’s final. She finished behind World Cup rankings leader Laura Smulders of Netherlands.
Willoughy is the highest-ranked American in the women’s points standings, in seventh place.
Felicia Stancil of the U.S. finished seventh after being involved in a crash in the middle of the race.
The final round of the world cup on Sunday features elite men’s and women’s races in Santiago del Estero.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.