July 29, 2014 8:32 am

Canada’s Pendrel wins mountain bike gold; teammate Batty races to silver

GLASGOW – Canada’s Catharine Pendrel has captured gold in the women’s mountain bike at the Commonwealth Games.

The 33-year-old from Kamloops, B.C., took the lead on the first of six laps at Cathkin Braes Country Park, and never looked back, winning in one minute 39.29 seconds.

Emily Batty of Brooklin, Ont., won the silver, a minute 10 seconds back.

Gold medalist Catharine Pendrel of Canada and silver medalist Emily Batty of Canada pose as they celebrate after the Women’s Cross-country Mountain Biking at Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails during day six of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 29, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Rebecca Henderson of Australia won the bronze.

Canadian women have now won all three Commonwealth Games mountain bike gold medals since the sport was introduced in 2002. There was no mountain bike four years ago at the Games in New Delhi, India.

Pendrel is the reigning world champion, and won gold at the 2007 Pan American Games.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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