Olympics Rio 2016: Sweden's Jenny Rissveds wins gold in women's cross-country

Sweden's Rissveds wins gold in women's cross-country
By Reuters

20/08/2016 at 19:06Updated 20/08/2016 at 19:39

Sweden's Jenny Rissveds raced away to gold in the Olympic women's cross-country cycling event on Saturday.

Rissveds was in a two-way battle with Maja Wloszczowska as the bell rang for the final circuit of the rolling 4.8-km course but broke the Pole's resistance with a powerful attack.

The 22-year-old former European champion pulled away quickly, safely tackling the hazardous Rio Rocks and Flip Flop sections of the layout before sprinting to the finish line.

Wloszczowska hung on for the silver with Canada's Catharine Pendrel in the bronze-medal position.

Rissveds's victory was the second gold for Sweden in Rio, following swimmer Sarah Sjostrom's win in the 100m butterfly.