Corben Sharrah (left) earned silver in the elite men's event. Photo by Jerry Landrum/www.bmxmania.com
Rotterdam, Netherlands (July 26, 2014) –Team USA Cycling earned three medals on Saturday as the elite and junior competitions got underway at the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships.
Corben Sharrah(Tucson, Ariz./Haro Bicycles) and Collin Hudson (Longmont, Colo./Redline) earned silver medals in their Time Trial Superfinals while Shealen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles) grabbed a bronze.
In the elite men's time test, Sharrah completed the course with a time of 24.819 to earn his silver hardware. He was second to gold medalist Sam Willoughby (AUS) who posted a 24.757. Frenchman Joris Daudet secured the podium's final step with his time of 24.924. Three Americans posted top ten times among elite men: Jared Garcia(Victorville, Calif./Supercross BMX) in sixth, reigning U.S. national champion Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./ Chase/Monster) in seventh, and Justin Posey (Winston-Salem, N.C./Dan’s Comp) in ninth.
Hudson rode his way to silver when he clocked a 25.434 in the junior men's competition behind winner Niek Immann (NED) who posted a 25.356 for the podium's top step. Brandon Te Hiko (AUS) grabbed third in a time of 25.531. 2013 junior world champion Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./GT Bicycles) was a near-miss for the podium when he posted 25.566 which was the fourth fastest time of the day. Fellow American Hunter Pelham(Conroe, Texas/Redline) also had an impressive time trial, clocking 26.173 for eighth place.
Collin Hudson (left) was second in the junior men's time test. Photo by Jerry Landrum/www.bmxmania.com
Reno rode her way to a bronze medal for the USA in a time of 29.183 in the junior women's contest. As the lone American in her group, she finished behind gold and silver medalists Sandie Thibaut (FRA) Domenica Michelle Azuero Gonzalez (ECU) who clocked times of 28.274 and 28.795 respectively.
The top result for the USA in the elite women's group came from Brooke Crain(Visalia, Calif./Haro Bicycles) who finished in a time of 27.986 for seventh place. The world title went to Laura Smulders (NED) in 27.449. Silver and bronze were earned by Caroline Buchanan (US) and Mariana Pajon (COL). Also competing for the red, white and blue was first-year elite rider Felicia Stancil(Lake Villa, Ill./GT Bicycles) who won a junior world title in 2013. Stancil clocked a 28.148 for ninth place while compatriotDani George(Palmdale, Calif.) was 11th in 28.255. Only recently recovered from an injury, reigning U.S. national championAlise Post(St. Cloud, Minn./Redline) was 12th in a time of 28.440.
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