By Sue George, Cyclingnews.com

Friday, September 7, 2012 4.07pm

Belomoyna races to silver medal ahead of Gorycka

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

Nineteen-year-old Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) proved herself the strongest under 23 woman of the day by winning the cross country world championships in Saalfelden, Austria.  Yana Belomoyna (Ukraine) rode a consistent race and moved up into second in the last half of the final lap as she came out ahead in the battle with Paula Gorycka (Poland) for the silver medal.

For the first half of the race, Annie Last (Great Britain) was at the front with Neff, but the British star was having a rough day technically and often would lose ground on Neff on the wet, steep, slippery and rooty downhills.  Last expended significant energy chasing back up to Neff several times and the effort cost her later in the race, when on the final lap, she was caught by both Belomoyna and Gorycka.  Last faded on the final climb and the other two women rode away from her.

Last held on to finish fourth place ahead of Monika Zur (Poland).

U23 WOMEN CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS

1 Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) 1:23:57  
2 Yana Belomoyna (Ukraine) 0:00:18  
3 Paula Gorycka (Poland) 0:00:27  
4 Annie Last (Great Britain) 0:00:47  
5 Monika Zur (Poland) 0:01:54  
6 Helen Grobert (Germany) 0:03:10  
7 Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) 0:03:58  
8 Ekaterina Anoshina (Russian Federation) 0:04:32  
9 Serena Calvetti (Italy) 0:04:40  
10 Michelle Hediger (Switzerland) 0:04:54  
11 Linda Indergand (Switzerland) 0:06:30  
12 Samara Sheppard (New-Zealand) 0:06:40  
13 Barbara Benko (Hungary) 0:07:22  
14 Jovana Crnogorac (Serbia) 0:07:55  
15 Vivienne Meyer (Switzerland) 0:08:31  
16 Kajsa Snihs (Sweden)    
17 Iryna Popova (Ukraine) 0:09:12  
18 Candice Neethling (South Africa) 0:09:22  
19 Diedre York (United States Of America) 0:10:18  
20 Karla Stepanova (Czech Republic) 0:11:05  
21 Ingrid Sofie Jacobsen (Norway) 0:11:34  
22 Jitka Skarnitzlova (Czech Republic) 0:11:49  
23 Andréanne Pichette (Canada) 0:11:51  
24 Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Canada) 0:11:55  
25 Lisa Mitterbauer (Austria) 0:11:59  
26 Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Brazil) 0:12:44  
27 Alessia Bulleri (Italy) 0:12:49  
28 Anna Oberparleiter (Italy) 0:13:17  
29 Noga Korem (Israel)    
30 Ines Carolina Gutierrez (Argentina) 0:13:38  
31 Anna Konovalova (Russian Federation) 0:14:09  
32 Cayley Brooks (Canada) 0:14:32  
-1lap Tina Kindlhofer (Austria)    
-1lap Marta Tereshchuk (Ukraine)    
-1lap Marta Turobos (Poland)    
-2laps Viktoria Zeller (Austria)    
-2laps Lauren Catlin (United States Of America)    
-2laps Daniela Rojas (Chile)    
-2laps Michaela Malarikova (Slovakia)    
-2laps Haley Smith (Canada)    
-2laps Mariske Strauss (South Africa)    
-3laps Zsofia Keri (Hungary)    
Ranking by nation
Result
1 Switzerland 107  pts
2 Poland 86  
3 Ukraine 76  
4 Italy 65  
5 Canada 50  
6 Russian Federation 47  
7 Czech Republic 44  
8 Great Britain 39  
9 Germany 37  
10 Netherlands 36  
11 Austria 35  
12 New Zealand 31  
13 Hungary 31  
14 United States Of America 30  
15 Serbia 29  
16 Sweden 27  
17 South Africa 27  
18 Norway 22  
19 Brazil 17  
20 Israel 14  
21 Argentina 13  
22 Chile 5  
23 Slovakia 4  

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