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Spitz easily wins Olympic mountain bike gold medal

Spitz easily wins Olympic mountain bike gold medal

Sabine Spitz of Germany took the gold medal in the Olympic women's mountain bike race at the Olympics on Saturday, 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 Wloszczowska of Poland won the silver, finishing 41 seconds behind Spitz. Irina Kalentieva of Russia won the bronze, another 36 seconds back.
"I've worked very hard for this. It is the work of many people," Wloszczowska said.
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. Marie-Helene Premont of Canada, the silver medalist from Athens, suffered breathing problems and only completed one lap.
Catharine Pendrel of Canada fought Kalentieva all the way for the bronze medal, but couldn't keep up with her on the last lap.
"Irina is a really strong competitor. I made a shifting error on the last lap and she got ahead of me. It definitely would be nice to be standing on that podium," she said.


Updated : 2021-08-05 07:43 GMT+08:00