Determined Cooke Wins Britains First Gold

Posted: August 10, 2008 in cycling, Road
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Nicole Cooke and her Olympic Gold

Nicole Cooke and her Olympic Gold

Nicole Cooke today became the first person to win a gold for Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She won the race after surviving an uphill sprint finish in the pouring rain in the women’s Olympic 126-km road race.

Cooke dropped off from the lead group (of five riders) about 500 metres from the finish, just as they started on the uphill approach. I was amazed to see her fight her way back to the group but was worried that she might have used up her energy just to make it back. With about 250 metres to go, she took the lead and opened up the sprint. She dug deep, fought hard and held off her opponents.

A worthy winner of the Gold, showing true guts and determination!

Cooke took Gold from Sweden’s Emma Johansson who took the silver and Tatiana Guderzo of Italy who came in third.

Fellow Briton Emma Pooley, finished back in 23rd place, 30 seconds behind Cooke. The third member of the British team Sharon Laws, finished in 35th place.

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