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Vancouver Island is a hotbed for many sports and recreational pursuits, with 12 national teams calling Greater Victoria home, we knew that some locals competing down in Rio would be bringing home Olympic hardware. One of those teams is mountain biking.
Catharine Pendrel earned a bronze medal today finishing in the time of one hour and 31-minutes and 41 seconds (1:31:41). Fellow Canadian Emily Batty was just two seconds off the podium – it was a great showing for the national mountain bike program, which the heart of can be found at Hartland and Bear Mountain trails.
Pendel qualified to represent Canada on May 23rd. The Fredericton native, who lives and trains at Bear Mountain qualified after competing in the German World Cup race that took place in Albstadt, Germany. She finished third behind Denmark’s Annika Langvad and Sweden’s Jenny Rissveds.
Pendrel defeated Langvad today as she finished 11th 2:07 back, while Rissveds won the gold medal with her 1:30:15 performance.
Silver went to Poland’s Maja Włoszczowska who crossed the line in 1:30:52.
In Triathlon news Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland, a Stelly’s high school grad, did not have the day that she was looking for in Rio. Expected to place near or in medal position she ended up 41st overall out of 48 finishers and 55 starters.
American Gwen Jorgensen won in the time of 1:56:16, Swiss Nicola Spirig earned the silver finishing 40 seconds back while Vicky Holland of Great Britain captured bronze just five seconds back.