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Manon Carpenter wins gold at UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championship

Manon Carpenter led home a British podium sweep in the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships women's downhill on Sunday.

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The 21-year-old clinched World Cup glory last month and continued her golden 2014 by narrowly seeing off fellow Brits Rachel Atherton and Tahnee Seagrave.

Carpenter had finished second - behind defending champion Atherton - in training on Saturday in Hafjell, but went one better 24 hours later by finishing 0.088 seconds clear of her rival.

Seagrave was 3.463secs off the leading pace while France's Nicole Myriam, who was third-fastest in training, could only manage eighth place.

"It's the fastest track I've done yet," said Carpenter. "And I'm happy to see my team-mates do well."

There was further success in the Atherton family as Rachel's brother Gee took gold in the men's event.

The elder sibling of Rachel, he finished 0.407secs ahead of compatriot Josh Bryceland while Australia's Troy Brosnan claimed the final podium berth.

Defending champion Greg Minnaar was quickest in training but the South African crashed out of Sunday's event.

After Atherton had set the leading time, Bryceland, who was the last man out, looked on course to usurp his fellow Englishman until he overcooked a bridge jump and could only finish second, before having to be carried away with what looked like a badly injured ankle.

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