Freestyle: BESTWICK, DHERS WIN GOLD AT LG ACTION SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

2008/11/2 10:40:00 (6213 reads)
Day two of the LG Action Sports World Championships brought the pros of BMX Vert and BMX Street,  to the fans and made them jump to their feet in celebration as the athletes laid down some of the most spectacular runs of the season. The year’s most dominant stars in BMX Vert and BMX Street, Jamie Bestwick (Derby, England) and Daniel Dhers (Caracas, Venezuela) respectively, continued their winning ways in 2008 and captured the gold medal in their disciplines.

Daniel Dhers has been rolling through all of 2008 in the Gold medal position and continued to do so today, decisively winning the BMX Street contest with two runs that far exceeded the competition. He pushed himself to the end, even bettering his first round score with his second run.  “I always want to do a good first run. But tonight I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve done two good runs, so I went out there to do it, and it worked.”

The Silver and Bronze medals went to Rob Darden (Greenville, NC) and Dennis Enarson (San Diego, Calif.) in a tiebreaker. Both men produced 90.00 point runs, but Darden turned in an 89.50 point first run, which bested Enarson’s additional run by one point, thereby breaking the tie and securing him second place.

Clearly another highlight of the evening was Jamie Bestwick’s (Derby, England) winning performance in the BMX Vert contest. Bestwick rode to his 5th LG World Championship title in six years. He’s captured the BMX Vert Gold at every LG World Championships he’s attended, missing out on the title in 2006, the only year he did not participate. He soared above the ramp tonight in what was described by announcers as “BMX insanity”, winning the contest with his first run.

“It feels great,” said Bestwick, describing his success. “This Seattle stop is a great one for the ASA [Entertainment] Action Sports World Tour. This event is a lot of fun. There’s a lot of nerves beforehand and everyone is on edge, but it brings out the best in us.”

Bestwick’s domination in BMX has been virtually complete in 2008 with him capturing nearly every major title this year. When asked what he attributes it to, he commented, “I just enjoy riding bikes. I gave up everything – my job, my family, my country – to come here and compete, and that’s what drives me to keep on pushing.”

The Silver medal in BMX Vert went to crowd-pleaser Chad Kagy (Gilroy, Calif.), and Simon Tabron (Newquay, England) received the Bronze medal.

BMX Vert Finals Results:
1) Jamie Bestwick (Derby, England);
2) Chad Kagy (Gilroy, Calif.);
3) Simon Tabron (Newquay, England);
4) Steven McCann (Melbourne, Australia);
5) Jimmy Walker (Gilberts, Illinois);
6) Francisco Zurita (Santiago, Chile);
7) Zack Warden (Ofallon, Illinois);
8) John Parker (State College, Penn.);
9) Jay Eggleston (Denver, Colo.);
10) Koji Kraft (Addison, Illinois);
11) Austin Coleman (Los Angeles, Calif.);
12) Jorge Jovel (Tela, Honduras);
13) Ben Snowden (Hornell, New York)

BMX Street Finals Results:
1) Daniel Dhers (Caracas, Venezuela);
2) Rob Darden (Greenville, NC);
3) Dennis Enarson (San Diego, Calif.);
4) Allan Cooke (Greenville, NC);
5) Anthony Napolitan (Youngstown, Ohio);
6) Gary Young (San Diego, Calif.);
7) Kevin Kiraly (Livermore, Calif.);
8) Morgan Wade (Tyler, Texas)
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