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X Games: Jamie Bestwick wins another BMX Freestyle Vert gold medal

July 29, 2011 |  7:01 pm


Jamie Bestwick won a record fifth BMX Freestyle Vert gold medal Friday night at the X Games.

The 40-year-old twisted and turned his way to a title, edging second-place finisher Steve McCann by two points in the final.

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McCann got the loudest cheers of the night by pulling off a no-handed 900 that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

However, early in the final, that same hooting and hollering crowd went dead silent when Simon Tabron took a spill after several spins in the air. His bike appeared to land on him as he crashed onto his left leg. For several moments, the only noise in the Nokia theatre was Tabron's groans. He was helped off the ramp after several minutes.


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--Matt Stevens

Photo: Jamie Bestwick competes in the BMX Freestyle Vert at the X Games. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times