Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 14, 2007) –Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven) earned the silver medal in the women’s event.
The American managed to overtake eventual winner Catherine Pendrel (CAN) on the final lap, but Pendrel recovered in one of the last curves to finish just over a minute ahead of McConneloug. Mexico’s Laura Morfin rode in about three minutes later for the final spot on the podium.
“I did not have a perfect race due to several mechanical problems but my body felt great and my head was into it,” McConneloug remarked later. “I am happy to have taken home the silver, but it makes me hungry for more. I had great support here and it is an honor to line up against all of these top women. “
Today’s performances will play a significant role in keeping the U.S. near the top of international rankings, a primary factor in determining the number of start positions it receives at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing next summer. Going into today’s contests, the U.S. was ranked first in the world in women’s mountain biking.
Cycling competition will continue in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow with the women’s BMX contests in which four athletes will represent the U.S. in the newest addition to the Pan American Games program.
2007 Pan American Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
July 14, 2007
Elite Women's Cross Country Mountain Bike
1. Catherine Pendrel (CAN) 1:46:06
2. Mary McConneloug (USA) 1:47:44
3. Laura Morfin (MEX) 1:51:15
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