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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).