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2008 Beijing Olympics - Day 15
August 23, 2008
Germany's Sabine Spitz won the women's cross-country Olympic mountain bike race on Saturday, after taking a commanding lead from the first lap of the 27-km race under a broiling sun.
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With more than a 40-second lead over her closest rival, Spitz grabbed a German flag from someone in the crowd and waved it as she neared the finish line. She got off her bicycle and held it high as she walked over the finish to take the gold.
Maja Wloszczowska of Poland took silver and Russian Irina Kalentyeva fought off a battle against Canadian Catharine Pendrel to win the bronze.
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