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Medal for Minnaar

Greg Minnaar picked up another medal, silver on this occasion, for South Africa at the World Mountain Bike championships in Canberra, Australia on Sunday.

An estimated 40 thousand fans turned out over the six days of racing with the biggest crowds in attendance Sunday lining the 2.4km course to witness British veteran Steve Peat beat his second placed hoodoo in the elite men’s downhill.

Peat, 35, has four times been a runner-up but Sunday he finally experienced the thrill of donning the rainbow jersey of World champion.

Riding fourth last in the 63-man field, Peat took the gold medal hot seat from Australian and eventual bronze medallist Mick Hannah and then watched nervously as crowd favourite Sam Hill, Minnaar and defending World Champion Gee Atherton of Great Britain all failed to snatch away the gold he had been longing for his whole career.

Peat clocked a stunning 2min 30.33sec to defeat Minnaar, who has won four World Cup events in the last twelve months, by 0.05 seconds or not much more than the blink of an eye.

Hannah posted a 2:31.02 to overcome former two-time champion, Frenchman Fabien Barel, by just 0.15 for third.

Minnaar’s medal came on the back of fellow South Africans Burry Stander (gold) and Candice Neethling (bronze) earlier in the championships.

Gideon Sam
Gideon Sam

Well done Greg, we will be following your performances with great interest. Good performances have a tendency to inspire the rest of the federation. More people begin to believe that they too can perform at the highest level. Congratulations!!