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Peat finally wins downhill gold

Steve Peat celebrates his victory in Canberra
Peat has added the world title to his 50 World Cup podiums

Britain's Steve Peat ended a run of disappointment by securing the World Downhill Mountain Bike title.

Peat, who has claimed four silver medals in the event, finally claimed gold in a thrilling race in Canberra.

The Sheffield 35-year-old won in two minutes, 30.33 seconds, just 0.05 secs clear of Greg Minnaar while reigning champion Gee Atherton was sixth.

"I have had such bad luck at the World Championships but today I had an awesome run," said Peat.

Australian Michael Hannah, who ended up in third, had set the fastest mark before Peat, runner-up in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008, clocked his time on the 2.4km course.

I've been trying for a long time and it's just an unreal feeling

World champions Steve Peat

Peat then had a nervous wait as crowd favourite Sam Hill and South African Minnaar, winner of four World Cup events in the last 12 months, failed to beat his mark.

The last man out was Atherton, the man who pipped Peat to gold last year, but when the Shropshire rider finished down the standings - the celebrations could begin.

"Over the years it has become my nemesis," added Peat. "I don't think it's sunk in yet, I'm still pretty overwhelmed with it all.

"I'm the oldest guy out there and I've been trying for a long time with a lot of second places, but I felt strong coming into this race.

"It was pretty emotional putting the jersey on, on the podium knowing I could wear it as World Champion for the next year, I've been trying for a long time and it's just an unreal feeling."

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