Commonwealth Games: England's Annie Last wins mountain bike cross-country

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England's Last wins mountain bike gold
bbc.comEngland won their first ever Commonwealth Games medals in women's mountain biking as favourite Annie Last took gold ahead of team-mate Evie Richards on the Gold Coast.Last, 27, overtook Richards before the 9km mark in the 27km race, going on to win by 48 seconds.Richards, 21, finished second with a time of one hour 18 minutes 50 seconds.
Canada's Haley Smith won bronze ahead of team-mate Emily Batty, with Scotland's Isla Short in fifth.
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"It was absolutely amazing," said Last."If you get it right, it's smooth sailing and easy, but the thing is about mountain biking, if you make a tiny mistake, it can ruin everything."I'm really happy with the race. During it you never know how you're feeling and how it will play out in the end, but I just put absolutely everything into the race and focused on my own performance."Last won silver at the 2017 World Championships - the first medal for a British female at the global event - and also won gold at the World Cup round in Lenzerheide the same year.Last and Richards pulled clear of the field on the first lap, Richards leading by a wheel before Last made her move and eased to victory in 1:18:02.
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