Kulhavy Crowned London Olympic Mountain Bike King

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by Justin Davis HADLEIGH FARM, United Kingdom, Aug 12, 2012 (AFP) - Czech world champion Jaroslav Kulhavy was crowned king of the men's Olympic mountain biking after an epic seven-lap race which left Swiss Nino Schurter in a close second Sunday. Italian Marco Fontana finished third to take the bronze at 25 seconds behind Kulhavy's winning time of 1hr 29min 07sec. Julien … [Read more...]

Last Place No Shame For South African Candice Neethling

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HADLEIGH FARM, United Kingdom, Aug 11, 2012 (AFP) - South Africa's Candice Neethling won the hearts of fans Saturday as she struggled to compete in an elite field of women mountain bikers at the Olympic Games. And despite coming last in the 30-strong field, the 20-year-old was buoyed at having taken the first step on a journey which she hopes will get easier on the way to Rio 2016. … [Read more...]

Bresset Storms To Women’s Mountain Bike Olympic Gold

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by Justin Davis HADLEIGH FARM, United Kingdom, Aug 11, 2012 (AFP) - France's Julie Bresset capped an extraordinary year by storming to victory in the women's mountain bike cross country to claim her maiden Olympic title on Saturday. Germany veteran Sabine Spitz claimed the silver to complete her Olympic collection with Georgia Gould of the United States winning the bronze … [Read more...]

Strombergs Becomes First Repeat BMX Champ

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LONDON, Aug 10, 2012 (AFP) - Maris Strombergs of Latvia overcame the threat of a handful of strong, younger challengers to become the Olympics' first repeat BMX champion on Friday. Australian Sam Willoughby finished second for the silver with Carlos Oquendo of Colombia taking the bronze. Strombergs, 25, claimed the maiden Olympic men's BMX gold when the sport made its debut in … [Read more...]

Pajon of Colombia wins women’s BMX gold

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LONDON, Aug 10, 2012 - Mariana Pajon of Colombia won gold in the women's BMX final after finishing ahead of New Zealand's Sarah Walker and Dutchwoman Laura Smulders on Friday. Walker took the silver medal with Smulders winning the bronze. Pajon, who started from gate four, burst down the start ramp and took the lead from the outset on the 440m women's circuit and was never in … [Read more...]

Absalon Plays Down Triple Gold History Chances

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by Justin Davis LONDON, Aug 10, 2012 (AFP) - French mountain bike star Julien Absalon says he is putting all thoughts of making history to the back of his mind ahead of his bid for a third straight Olympic gold. Absalon stunned his rivals on a tough Beijing course four years ago, in which teammate Jean-Christophe Peraud finished second to take the silver, on his way to … [Read more...]

Beaten Aussies Look At ‘Hard Work’ Leading To Rio

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LONDON, Aug 8, 2012 (AFP) - Australian track cycling team bosses admit they have plenty of work to do if they are to be competitive enough to challenge world-beating Britain at the 2016 Games in Rio. For the second consecutive Olympics Australia was humiliated by an all-conquering British team, securing only one gold medal courtesy of a final day surge from Anna Meares to finish … [Read more...]

Phillips Laments Lack Of Home Advantage

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LONDON, Aug 8, 2012 (AFP) - Britain's Liam Phillips was hoping his BMX gold hopes remained intact Wednesday despite the disadvantage of having comparatively little experience of racing on the Olympic track. Dutchman Raymon van der Biezen and Caroline Buchanan of Australia were among the riders setting early markers for the men's and women's competitions after topping their respective … [Read more...]

Sir Chris Hoy Wins Record Sixth Gold

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LONDON, Aug 7, 2012 (AFP) - Sir Chris Hoy ended his stunning Olympic career Tuesday by defending his Beijing keirin crown to claim a sixth Games gold and become Britain's most successful Olympian. Germany's Maximilian Levy finished second to take the silver with New Zealand's Simon Van Velthooven and Dutchman Teun Mulder sharing the bronze after a long wait for a photo finish … [Read more...]

Trott Beats Hammer For Women’s Omnium Gold

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LONDON, Aug 7, 2012 (AFP) - Britain's Laura Trott capped a grueling women's omnium campaign to be crowned Olympic champion in the inaugural edition of the event at the velodrome Tuesday. Trott finished just one point ahead of American Sarah Hammer, who took the silver, with Australian Annette Edmondson taking the bronze. Trott, the world champion in the six-discipline event, thus … [Read more...]