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Mountain bike gold for Canada

29 July 2002

Canada’s Chrissy Redden powered to victory in the women’s cross-country mountain bike final at Rivington Pike.

Chrissy Redden

Redden capitalised on Alexander's misfortune

Redden took the gold with a time of 1:32.10 after race favourite and former European champion Caroline Alexander of Scotland had to retire early on.

The Scottish cycling sensation had been leading by well over a minute in the first lap of course when she was forced out of the race with a rear tyre puncture.

Sussy Pryde of New Zealand finished 16 seconds behind Redden to take the silver to add to the one she picked up in Kula Lumpur for the road race in 1998. Mary Grigson claimed another medal for the Aussies taking the bronze with a time of 1:32.49.

Redden was obviously pleased with her victory: “It feels really good to have a gold medal from the Games.” She added that she raced with low suspension to avoid getting a puncture like Caroline Alexander.

Alexander is now turning her attention to the road event and is determined to win it. Scotland team manager Alasdair MacLennan tried to remain positive: “Last night we were on an extreme high, today we’re on an extreme low. It’s the nature of the sport. We’ll come back fighting.”

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