Off-road cyclist Alan Hatherly bounced back from injury to snatch the bronze medal on Thursday, after putting up a gutsy fight in the men’s cross country race at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The 22-year-old rider, who finished second in the Under-23 race at last year’s World Championships, was in the mix until the closing stages of a tight race.
Samuel Gaze, the U-23 world champion, won a sprint for the line against fellow New Zealander Anton Cooper, the defending champion, in 1:17:36.
Though Hatherly was unable to stick with them in a furious dash for the line, he held on to grab third spot in 1:17:56.
While he had broken his arm in the build-up to the race, Hatherly said he had missed only three days’ training.
“I was racing against the best in the world so to come away third, 20 seconds back, is a really good race considering it’s the first big one back,” he said.
“Super tough course out here, so I’m happy to have been here two weeks early to adjust to the humidity.”
In the women’s cross country race, South Africa’s Mariske Strauss finished seventh in 1:22:50 and compatriot Cherie Redecker ended 11th.
English rider Annie Last scorched across the line in 1:18:02 to win gold.