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Commonwealth Games: Last wins women's mountain bike gold

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Evie Richards, Annie Last (England) and Hayley Smith (Canada)

Evie Richards, Annie Last (England) and Hayley Smith (Canada)
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Evie Richards (England) and Annie Last (England) take the front two positions

Evie Richards (England) and Annie Last (England) take the front two positions
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Air time for Evie Richards (England)

Air time for Evie Richards (England)
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Hayley Smith (Canada) gets air

Hayley Smith (Canada) gets air
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Rebecca McConnell (Australia) salutes the crowd

Rebecca McConnell (Australia) salutes the crowd
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Evie Richards and Annie Last (England) after the duo went 1-2

Evie Richards and Annie Last (England) after the duo went 1-2
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Evie Richards and Annie Last (England) with their medals

Evie Richards and Annie Last (England) with their medals
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Evie Richards and Annie Last (England) pose for photos

Evie Richards and Annie Last (England) pose for photos
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Bronze for Hayley Smith (Canada)

Bronze for Hayley Smith (Canada)
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Annie Last (England) rides to gold

Annie Last (England) rides to gold
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Thumbs up from gold medallist Annie Last (England)

Thumbs up from gold medallist Annie Last (England)
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Annie Last (England) riding solo to gold

Annie Last (England) riding solo to gold
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Evie Richards leads Annie Last (England) in the early laps

Evie Richards leads Annie Last (England) in the early laps
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Samara Sheppard (New Zealand)

Samara Sheppard (New Zealand)
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Emily Batty (Canada) riding to fourth

Emily Batty (Canada) riding to fourth
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Cherie Redecker (South Africa)

Cherie Redecker (South Africa)
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Samara Sheppard (New Zealand)

Samara Sheppard (New Zealand)
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Evie Richards (England)

Evie Richards (England)
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Isla Short (Scotland)

Isla Short (Scotland)
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Annie Last (England)

Annie Last (England)
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Michelle Vorster (Namibia)

Michelle Vorster (Namibia)
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Rebecca McConnell (Australia)

Rebecca McConnell (Australia)
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Hayley Smith (Canada)

Hayley Smith (Canada)
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Haley Smith takes the front position on lap 1

Haley Smith takes the front position on lap 1
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Isla Short (Scotland)

Isla Short (Scotland)
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Antri Christoforou (Cyprus) on the rocky section

Antri Christoforou (Cyprus) on the rocky section
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Rebecca McConnell (Australia)

Rebecca McConnell (Australia)
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Annie Last (England) put in a dominant ride during the women's mountain bike race to claim Commonwealth Games gold. Evie Richards made it a 1-2 for England as she crossed the line 48 seconds in arrears to Last. 

The bronze medal went to Hayley Smith (Canada) with compatriot Emily Batty, the silver medallist in Glasgow, finishing in fourth place. Australian Rebecca McConnell finished sixth while Scotland's Isla Short was fifth.

Flora Duffy, who won gold in the triathlon, was a non-starter for the race to leave just 12 riders in contention for the medals.

On the first of six laps that started and finished in the Nerang Velodrome, 27-year-old Last took the hole shot ahead of Batty with Richards and Smith close behind. Samara Sheppard moved to the front while McConnell looked to be struggling and was in tenth wheel.

On the first hilly and rocky climb, Last lifted the pace and forced a selection. Richards and Short were the only riders able to immediately follow her wheel. Behind, Antri Christoforou (Cyprus) then Likeleli Masitise (Lesotho) both fell on rocky sections of the course.

At the halfway mark of the first lap, Last and Richards had 14 seconds on Short and 22 seconds on Batty. It would be the closest time check of the race. Richards and Last were swapping turns when possible at the head of the race as the duo looked to drive home the early advantage.

On the second last, Richards went solo to put Last in difficulty but the experienced Last was able to close the gap. Last then made her solo winning move on the third lap and would slowly extend her lead lap by lap.

With gold and silver wrapped up by the half way mark of the race, the battle was on for bronze. Despite her bright start, Short succumbed to fatigue with the Canadian duo of Batty and Smith moving in front of her.

Smith then moved into the bronze medal position on the penultimate lap as Batty was forced to step out on several occasions on the climb. Smith would also step off on the same climb in the last lap. There would be no change to the medals in the final lap. The celebrations of Richards and Smith equal to that of Last for her gold medal.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annie Last (England)1:18:02
2Evie Richards (England)0:00:48
3Haley Smith (Canada)0:02:24
4Emily Batty (Canada)0:03:00
5Isla Short (Scotland)0:03:32
6Rebecca McConnell (Australia)0:04:30
7Mariske Strauss (South Africa)0:04:48
8Michelle Vorster (Namibia)0:05:35
9Samara Sheppard (New Zealand)0:05:44
10Antri Christoforou (Cyprus)- 1 lap
11Cherie Redecker (South Africa)
12Likeleli Masitise (Lesotho)- 4 laps
DNSFlora Duffy (Bermuda)

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