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Canada’s Emily Batty wins bronze in World Cup mountain biking event

Emily Batty of Brooklin Ont., won a bronze medal at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy on Saturday. (file photo)

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Canadian Olympian Emily Batty placed third at UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Saturday.

The Team Trek Factory Racing rider from Brooklin, Ont., who represented Canada in London last summer, rode the course in one hour 37 minutes 27 seconds, and finished less than one minute behind Tanja Zakelj's winning time (1:36:37). Katerina Nash was second.

"Emily's ride was very strong and well-paced," said Canadian coach Dan Proulx in a statement. "She has shown consistency at the front of the field this World Cup season. Emily's third place today was a great way to end the first block of World Cups this season."

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Two-time world champion Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, B.C., was sixth.

Mikaela Kofman of Toronto — riding with Canadian-based SCOTT-3RoxRacing — finished in 26th position.

She improved by nine places her rank from the last World Cup.

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