Olympic mountain biker Haley Batten finishes on the podium in a World Cup race

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Haley Batten competes in the Women’s Cross Country Race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 27, 2021 in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan.

Haley Batten’s muddy run on Sunday in Canada became as dramatic as the day she qualified for her first U.S. Olympic team.

Beating Austria’s Mona Mitterwallner to the finish line in the last moment, Batten placed third in the women’s cross-country race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup held at Mont -Sainte-Anne, Quebec.

The podium was Batten’s best cross-country World Cup since May 2021 in the Czech Republic, when a second-place finish earned her a spot on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. finished ninth in his Olympic debut. last year, posting the best American result.

Olympic champion Jolanda Neff of Switzerland won Sunday’s race with a time of 1 hour, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, but the real battle was going on well behind her on the difficult muddy and rocky Mont-Sainte-Anne course. , a ski resort located northeast of Quebec.

Batten, 23, of Park City, Utah, was in second place on the final lap with Mitterwallner right behind her at several points on the course, sometimes with Mitterwallner’s front wheel inches from Batten’s rear wheel. Mitterwallner caught Batten in the final sprint to the finish line. The two clocked a final time of 1:27:49, but Mitterwallner passed Batten at the line to capture second place and 200 World Cup points.

Batten, who scored 160 points, was third and seventh in his last two World Cup races. It was her best consecutive results since finishing second and third last year, her first season on the elite women’s circuit.

The final World Cup stop of the season will take place September 2-4 in Val di Sole, Italy.

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