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Green takes biking gold for Canada

29 July 2002

World champion Roland Green romped to victory in the men’s cross-country mountain bike to complete a Canadian double.

Roland Green

Green makes it a double gold for Canada

Earlier Chrissy Redden had won the women’s event and Green made sure of another Canadian gold on the course at Rivington Pike with a time of 1:52:48. Green said afterwards: “It feels fantastic especially on my birthday.”

Canada enjoyed more success during the event’s Commonwealth debut with Seamus McGarth taking silver finishing 46 seconds behind his team mate in his first Games experience.

Green and McGarth had cycled round the course virtually side-by-side until the start of the last lap when Green checked with his team mate that he was alright before racing off to secure the gold medal.

The Canadians raced as a team and afterwards McGrath paid tribute to his team mate: “I helped him out wherever I could, taking turns with him, but he was so strong I couldn’t follow his lead on the last lap.”

England’s Liam Killeen put in an remarkable performance to take the bronze medal with and he was obviously thrilled: “It was an amazing experience. I’m very pleased.”

The 19-year-old crossed the line waving a St George’s flag that he had taken from the crowd and told of how their support had helped him: “So many people were shouting for us. I was definitely helped by the crowd. I’ve never experienced anything like that before.”

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