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Spitz easily wins Olympic mountain bike gold medal

Spitz easily wins Olympic mountain bike gold medal

Sabine Spitz of Germany has won the gold medal in the Olympic women's mountain bike race, adding it to the bronze she won at the Athens Games four years ago.
Spitz finished six laps around the 4.45-kilometer (2.75-mile) course in 1 hour, 45 minutes, 11 seconds. She stopped about five meters from the finish, hopped off her bike and carried it across the finish line.
Maja Wloszezowska of Poland won the silver, finishing 41 seconds behind Spitz. Irina Kalentieva of Russia won the bronze, another 36 seconds back.
Spitz led by 21 seconds after the first lap, 49 seconds after two, and was never seriously threatened.
Defending gold medalist Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa of Norway only completed three laps before dropping out, citing mechanical problems.


Updated : 2021-08-06 10:39 GMT+08:00