DuesLive: Ramirez knocked out of Olympics in defeat
The Central Valley is home to a handful of Olympians. In the tidal wave of Olympic sports, we’ll be updating this page with results, commentary and behind-the-scenes information from the Valley’s Olympians themselves.
Jose Ramirez, 19 of Avenal, 60kg Boxing
Kyle Alcorn, 27 of Clovis, Steeplechase
Jacob Varner, 26 of Bakersfield, 90kg Freestyle Wrestling
Jimmy Watkins, 30 of Bakersfield, Sprint Track Cycling
Brooke Crain, 19 of Visalia, BMX Cycling
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RAMIREZ FALLS TO UZBEK BOXER
Avenal native Jose Ramirez fell to Uzbek boxer Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the Round of 16 on Thursday by a margin of 15 – 11.
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JOSE RAMIREZ CONTINUES OLYMPIC TOUR OF CRAZY NAMES…
The Avenal champion will square off against Uzbek boxer Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the round of 16 today at 1 p.m. PDT.
Next steps to the gold medal? Ramirez needs to defeat Gaibnazarov in order to advance to the semifinals, where he’ll face the winner of Soonchul Han (KOR) vs. Vazgen Safaryants (BLR) in the quarterfinals and he’ll advance to the semifinals.
Where to watch? NBCOlympics.com and NBC Olympics LiveExtra App.
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VISALIA NATIVE BMX BIKER HEADS TO LONDON WITH OLYMPIC OPPORTUNITY
19-year-old Brooke Crain already had a ticket for London, but she wasn’t planning on getting a chance to show off her skills on the world stage during the 30th Olympiad.
Fate has turned toward Crain, who serves a reserve rider for Team USA during the 2012 games, when teammate Arielle Martin was hospitalized after a crashed during a practice run in Chula Vista, Calif.
The opportunity to ride in the Olympics completes a full circle for Crain, who went pro in 2009 and told the Fresno Bee that her dream was to win gold in 2012.
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RAMIREZ MEETS MARKY MARK
Avenal boxer Jose Ramirez and promoter Rick Mirigian meet with actor Mark Wahlberg in London.
Ramirez enters the ring for the round of 16 on Thursday.
(Photo via Rick Mirigian)
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Jose Ramirez defeats Rachid Azzedine, advances to Round of 16
Ramirez holds steady edge over Frenchman Azzedine, defeating him 21-20.
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JOSE RAMIREZ DEBUTS IN LONDON
Avenal boxer and Fresno State student Jose Ramirez kicks off the Valley’s Olympic action with his first bout in the Round of 32 lightweight boxing competition.
Ramirez will face-off against Rachid Azzedine of France at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time.
Where to watch? CNBC, NBC LiveExtra app, NBCOlympics.com