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Patched-up Swede wins women's mountain bike gold

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Patched-up Swede wins women's mountain bike gold
Rissveds won the gold just a week after needing 10 stitches in her knee and elbow following a training fall. Photo: TT
09:38 CEST+02:00
Battle-scarred Jenny Rissveds won the Olympic Games women's mountain bike gold medal on Saturday, just a week after needing 10 stitches in her knee and elbow following a training fall.

World youth champion Rissveds, 22, finished 37 seconds ahead of Poland's Maja Wloszczowska, a silver medallist also in Beijing in 2008, and close to a minute and a half in front of Catherine Pendrel of Canada.

The win was a first gold medal for Sweden in any Olympic cycling event since Bernt Johansson who won the men's road race in 1976 in Montreal.

"I just came here a week ago. I crashed in training, and ended up with six stitches in my knee and four in my elbow and I thought this is not going to work at all," said the new champion.

"But the day after that I went out on the course and I felt so good. I like this course but I was a little bit scared after that. After a few laps I felt good enough."

In an indication of the bruising nature of the sport, Wloszczowska missed the London Games with a leg fracture.

"Before London I was one of the favourites for the gold medal, but I broke my leg three weeks before the Games, so I had to focus for another four years," said the Pole.

"It was not easy but it was all needed to be lucky today."

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