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Cycling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Mountainbike, Cross-Country

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Events:

Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, Beijing
Date Started: August 23, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: 26.7 km.

Gold: GER Sabine Spitz
Silver: POL Maja Włoszczowska
Bronze: RUS Irina Kalentyeva

Summary

Since 2002 the greatest mountain biker in the world had been [Gunn Rita Dahle-Flesja], who had won the gold medal in 2004, and was World Champion in 2002, and 2004-06. She competed in Beijing but withdrew on the fourth lap of the six-lap race of 27 km. With her out [Sabine Spitz] (GER), World Champion in 2003 and runner-up in 2007, won the race easily. Spitz took the lead on the first lap, and eventually won by 41 seconds over Poland’s [Maja Wloszczowska], runner-up at the 2004-05 Worlds. The bronze medal went to Russia’s [Irina Kalentyeva], the 2007 World Champion. The race was held over a difficult course with drops, climbs and technical rock sections that broke apart the 30-rider field. The day was very hot and humid, and this and the difficult course led to only 18 riders finishing the race.

View a Phase of this EventFinal Standings

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 Sabine Spitz 36 Germany GER Gold 1-45:11
2 Maja Włoszczowska 24 Poland POL Silver at 0:41 1-45:52
3 Irina Kalentyeva 30 Russia RUS Bronze at 1:17 1-46:28
4 Catharine Pendrel 27 Canada CAN at 1:26 1-46:37
5 Ren Chengyuan 21 China CHN at 2:29 1-47:40
6 Petra Henzi 38 Switzerland SUI at 3:30 1-48:41
7 Mary McConneloug 37 United States USA at 5:23 1-50:34
8 Georgia Gould 28 United States USA at 5:40 1-50:51
9 Rosara Joseph 26 New Zealand NZL at 5:56 1-51:07
10 Aleksandra Dawidowicz 21 Poland POL at 6:10 1-51:21
11 Elisabeth Osl 22 Austria AUT at 6:28 1-51:39
12 Liu Ying 23 China CHN at 6:50 1-52:01
13 Lene Byberg 25 Norway NOR at 8:08 1-53:19
14 Elsbeth van Rooy-Vink 35 Netherlands NED at 8:19 1-53:30
15 Nathalie Schneitter 22 Switzerland SUI at 8:31 1-53:42
16 Eva Lechner 23 Italy ITA at 13:11 1-58:22
17 Laurence Leboucher 36 France FRA at 15:44 2-00:55
18 Adelheid Morath 24 Germany GER at 17:14 2-02:25
19 Jaqueline Mourão 32 Brazil BRA at 1 lap
20 Rie Katayama 28 Japan JPN at 1 lap
21 Blaža Klemenčič 28 Slovenia SLO at 1 lap
22 Yolande Speedy 31 South Africa RSA at 2 laps
23 Vera Andreyeva 20 Russia RUS at 2 laps
24 Janka Števková 32 Slovakia SVK at 2 laps
25 Francisca Campos 23 Chile CHI at 2 laps
26 Dellys Starr 31 Australia AUS at 2 laps
AC Gunn Rita Dahle-Flesjå 35 Norway NOR DNF (lap 4)
AC Marga Fullana 36 Spain ESP DNF (lap 3)
AC Marie-Hélène Prémont 30 Canada CAN DNF (lap 2)
AC Tereza Huřiková 21 Czech Republic CZE DNF (lap 1)