Tucson's Sharrah secures spot on Team USA

Published: Jun. 13, 2016 at 2:09 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 13, 2016 at 2:30 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - For the second straight week, a BMX rider from Tucson has come out on top.

On Saturday, June 11, Corben Sharrah secured a spot in the Rio Olympic Games with a dominating performance at the trials.

According to Team USA, it is Sharrah's first Olympic berth.

The 24-year-old claimed a world cup title in 2011 but broke his right leg a few months later at the world championships. Despite making a remarkable recovery, he failed to make the 2012 Olympic team.

In March 2016, Sharrah won a gold medal at the BMX Supercross World Cup in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

Just last week, Tucson's Kevin Peraza captured gold in the BMX Dirt competition at the Games in Austin, TX.

Peraza, a 2014 Sunnyside High School graduate, won in commanding fashion. The 22-year-old beat England's Ben Wallace by seven points while American James Foster finished with the bronze medal.

KOLD News 13 is looking for current Olympic athletes from southern Arizona. If you know of anyone competing for Team USA, please let us know by calling 520-744-6397 or emailing news@tucsonnewsnow.com.

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