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Sam Hill won his third rainbow jersey on the last day of the mountain bike world championships at Mont Saint Anne, Quebec on Sunday while a Canadian thrilled the crowd by earning a silver medal.
American Aaron Gwin barely missed a spot in the elite men’s downhill podium when he clocked the fourth fastest time on Sunday. Gwin finished at 4:42.01 compared to the 4:37.93 posted by Hill.
Collecting the silver and bronze in the elite men’s competition were Canadian Steve Smith and South African Greg Minnaar.
“It was a bit of a struggle for me actually just with the weather, and I kind of have a bit of an injury,” Gwin said. “But I think top five at worlds is always a good race. I’ve been fourth a lot of times this year so I’m kind of over that. But I am happy.” (See video below)
Joining Gwin in the U.S. team jerseys were Luke Strobel in 16th, Duncan Riffle in 29th, Brad Benedict in 38th, Logan Binggeli in 42nd, Tyler Immer in 45th and Kyle Strait in 57th.
In the elite women’s event, Leigh Donovan posted the fastest time for the U.S. contingent, earning eighth-place with a 5:34.05 compared to the 5:17.47 clocked by new world champ Tracy Moseley (Great Britain). It is Moseley’s first-ever World Championship, something she has been aiming to achieve since 1995 as a junior. The 31 year old picked up a silver last year at the Canberra worlds.
“This season I’ve not been racing as well as I’ve been practicing but this morning I just put all those thoughts away and focused on the day,” Moseley said. “It’s been a long time coming and it’s awesome to win — it feels absolutely amazing.”
Also having an impressive run in the red, white and blue was 2008 BMX Olympian Jill Kintner, who after just recently switching her focus to downhill, posted the tenth fastest time on Sunday with a 5:38.29.
Also representing the USA in the women’s downhill was Melissa Buhl in 16th and Jacqueline Harmony in 18th.
U.S. rider Neko Mulally descended his way onto the podium during the final day of competition at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, earning the silver medal in the junior men’s downhill contest.
Because he skipped much of the year’s competition with a broken arm, Mulally was seeded toward the beginning of the 49 junior men’s contestants. So his time of 4:50.77 kept him in the hot seat for quite some time.
“The morning was busy with practice and the race was shortly after, so I didn’t really have time to stop and think about the situation… I just kind of went with it,” Mulally said from the hot seat. “I had a solid run that didn’t really get too out of control… Felt good and was at the bottom before I knew it. I’m really happy with the way things went.”
It wasn’t until the second-to-last run that Mulally gave up his seat. The crowd went crazy as Aussie Troy Brosnan descended into the finish with a 4:50.71 to upset Mulally’s time by a mere 5/100ths of a second. Wrapping up the event was Great Britain’s Lewis Buchanan who clocked a 4:59.76 to earn the bronze medal.
Mulally was joined by five other Americans on the course. Evan Powell was 22nd while Nate Furbee and Trevor Trinkino posted the 30th and 31st fastest times. Sam Powers was 42nd and Mitch Ropelato was 45th.
Donning the red, white and blue in her very first world championships this morning was Kelsey Anderson. The lone American in the junior women’s competition, Anderson posted a time of 7:14.67 on the slippery course to finish in seventh place.
“It was everything I wanted and more,” Anderson said about her first trip to the world championships. “It was so cool… It was the greatest experience of my entire life… Surrounded by great, amazing, motivated people, and there are tons of fun things to ride.”
The junior women’s world title went to Canada’s Lauren Rosser who, with a 5:59.55, was the only junior woman to break the six minute barrier. The silver and bronze medals went to French pair Fanny Lombard and Julie Berteaux.