Fort William, Scotland (September 7, 2007)—In a replay of the 2005 world championships, Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./GT) illustrated the strength of American gravity racing as she collected her third-career world 4-Cross title on Friday at the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. Her performance, along with a third-place effort from Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz./KHS), brought the U.S. medal count to four.
Kintner, the world champion in 2005 and 2006, defeated Anneke Beerten (NED), Buhl and Jana Horakova (CZE) to earn her third consecutive rainbow jersey.
With just 16 women qualified through from Thursday’s time trial, the top-four seeds all advanced to the final. Like Lopes in the men’s contest, Kintner looked unbeatable all evening and jumped out to an early lead once the gate dropped. Almost immediately after the start, Buhl and the top-seeded Horakova crashed, leaving Kintner to hold off only Beerten for the win. Of the two downed riders, Buhl was the quickest to recover before descending down the course to claim the bronze medal.
The 2007 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships continue on Saturday with the weekend’s main events – the elite men’s and women’s Cross Country competition.
Representing the United States will be Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho/Luna), Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass../Kenda-Seven), Willow Koerber (Asheville, N.C./Subaru-Gary Fisher), Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher), Kelli Emmett (Colorado Springs, Colo./Giant) and Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Trek-VW) for the women
2007 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Fort William, Scotland
Day Four Results:
Elite Women’s 4-Cross
1. Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash.)
2. Anneke Beerten (NED)
3. Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz.)
4. Jana Horakova (CZE)
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