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Last Updated: Friday, 7 September 2007, 09:46 GMT 10:46 UK
Brit Fletcher clinches MTB bronze
Britain's David Fletcher with his bronze medal
Fletcher's bronze is Britain's first medal at the Worlds for three years
Britain's David Fletcher won a bronze medal in the junior men's Cross-Country race at the World Mountain Bike Championships in Scotland.

The Nottinghamshire rider produced a superb display to finish 40 seconds behind Swiss winner Thomas Litscher, with Pole Piotr Brzozka in second.

Three other Britons competed in the 89-strong field and Alex Paton was the next best-placed in 17th position.

He was followed by Hamish Creber in 55th and Shaun Hurrell in 61st spot.

Fletcher's bronze is only the fourth Cross-Country medal won by a British rider at the World Mountain Bike Championships.

The most recent was Liam Killeen's Under-23 silver in 2004 and before that Nicole Cooke took gold in the Junior women's race win in the late nineties and Dave Baker clinched bronze back in 1992.

Fletcher said: "This is a dream scenario for me really. I'm over the moon that I got a medal. I wasn't expecting one to be honest.

"I was expecting a good ride but not a medal. I felt really, really good from start to finish really. My form was better than I expected it to be. I 'm just happy that it's all over now.

"I'm over the moon to get a medal in my final year as a junior. Last year I was 18th in the World Champs and this year I'm 3rd - brilliant."

Highlights on BBC Two and this website on Sunday 9 September from 1400-1600 BST.

SEE ALSO
Mountain Bike photos - day three
07 Sep 07 |  Cycling
Mountain Bike photos - day two
06 Sep 07 |  Cycling
Mountain Bike photos - day one
05 Sep 07 |  Cycling
Peak performance
30 Aug 07 |  Cycling


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