Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Catharine Pendrel Wins Mountain Bike Bronze in Rio, Teammate Emily Batty Fourth

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Catharine Pendrel Wins Mountain Bike Bronze in Rio, Teammate Emily Batty Fourth

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Pendrel wins mountain bike bronze

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RIO DE JANEIRO - Canada's Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, B.C., has won an Olympic bronze medal in mountain biking.

The 35-year-old edged teammate Emily Batty for the podium spot.

Batty, from Brooklin, Ont., finished fourth.

Jenny Rissveds of Sweden won the gold in 1:30:15 while Maja Wloszczowska took silver in 1:30:52 while Pendral was 1:26 back in 1:31:41. Batty was just two seconds behind her teammate.

Pendrel was a strong medal contender heading into the 2012 London Olympics as the reigning world champion, but wound up a disappointing ninth.

That result came on the heels of a fourth-place finish in Beijing four years earlier. She bounced back by winning gold ahead of Batty at the 2014 Commonwealth Games before taking silver behind Batty at the Pan Am Games last summer in Toronto. …

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