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Emily Batty takes home bronze at mountain bike world championships

Canadian Emily Batty won a bronze medal at the mountain bike world championships in the Czech Republic on Saturday, gaining a medal after a close call at the finish line.

Catherine Pendral finishes 5th to give Canada 2 top-5 placements

Canadian Emily Batty, right, celebrates her bronze medal at the mountain bike world championships in the Czech Republic with gold medallist Annike Langvad of Denmark, centre, and silver medallist American Lea Davision, left. (Twitter/Canadian Cycling Mag)

Canadian Emily Batty won a bronze medal at the mountain bike world championships in the Czech Republic on Saturday, gaining a medal after a close call at the finish line. 

Batty took advantage when Maja Wloszczowska, of Poland, who was in second place heading into the final moments of the race, needed a tire changed. The misstep allowed Lea Davison of the United States to overtake second place and Batty to move into third. 


The 2015 Pan Am Games champ finished with a time of one hour, 31 minutes and 57 seconds edging out Wloszczowska in a photo finish for bronze.

"Coming into the last 300 or 400 metres I saw Maja [Wloszczowska] in the pit with a rear flat," said Batty. "I knew I had to leave it all out there, because this is a bronze medal. Maja was able to bridge back up and I knew she was behind me, and getting a draft. But I was running a bigger gear selection than usual, so I was able to lead the sprint out and still win by a few inches. I'm ecstatic, I can't even describe what this feels like."

Annika Langvad of Denmark took home gold with a time of 1:30:13, just under two minutes ahead of Batty. Davison held on to the silver medal.

Catherine Pendral of Fredericton, N.B., gave Canada two top-five finishes in the women's elite event, as she finished fifth with a time of 1:33:06. 

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