Catharine Pendrel, Emily Batty win gold, silver in mountain bike
Canadians top podium at Commonwealth Games
Canadians Catharine Pendrel and Emily Batty won the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women's mountain bike event Tuesday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Pendrel, a 33-year-old who competes out of Kamloops, B.C., and is originally from Harvey Station, N.B., took the lead on the first of six laps at Cathkin Braes Country Park and left the field in her dust. She finished the 31.95-kilometre course in a time of one hour, 39 minutes, 29 seconds.
Batty, from Brooklin, Ont., finished a minute and 10 seconds behind. Bronze medallist Rebecca Henderson of Australia was 12 seconds back of Batty.
"We trained well as a team," said Pendrel, who waved a Canadian flag as she cruised to the finish line. "I knew from training and the nationals that Emily was on fire, so I'm proud she got silver."
Canadians have won all three Commonwealth Games women's mountain bike gold medals. Chrissy Redden won gold in 2002 in Manchester, England, where the sport made its Commonwealth debut, and Marie-Helene Premont took the title in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. The event was left off the program four years ago in Delhi, India.
Pendrel was the world champion in 2011, and won gold at the 2007 Pan American Games. She finished ninth at the 2012 Olympics.
Kiwis dominate men's race
Victoria's Max Plaxton just missed the podium in the men's race, finishing fourth.
New Zealand took the top two spots on the 37.15-km course, with Anton Cooper winning gold and Samuel Gaze getting the silver. Daniel McConnell of Australia took the bronze.
Hundreds of fans turned out to watch the men's and women's races, despite dark clouds, periodic rain and blustery winds. The riders had to negotiate a tricky course that featured the Brig O'Doom, Broken Biscuits, and Clyde Climb — all named by local schoolchildren.
Canada adds more gold
Canada picked up six more gold medals later when weightlifter Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau won the women's 75-kilogram division and set a new Commonwealth Games record, wrestlers Erica Wiebe (women's 75 kg) and Korey Jarvis (men's 125 kg) won their respective divisions, swimmer Ryan Cochrane repeated as the 1,500-metre champion, and decathlete Damian Warner and hammer thrower Jim Steacy won their events.
With files from The Canadian Press