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Women's Mountainbike, Cross-Country

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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.

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)