Matt Walker crowned junior men's downhill world champion in GB one-two

Matt Walker crowned junior men's downhill world champion in GB one-two

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Great Britain Cycling Team’s Matt Walker and Joe Breeden celebrated gold and silver respectively in the junior men’s downhill on the final day of the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns.

Walker set a time of 3:37.796 on a technical course in Australia with Breeden behind him in 3:41.244 to complete a fantastic British double.

The 18-year-olds were joined by Kaos Seagrave, fifth, and Henry Kerr, ninth, in the top 10 for Britain.

“It’s feels pretty incredible at the minute,” Walker said. “It’s not sunk in by a long way. I’m over the moon, I’ve worked so hard for it. It’s been a dream of mine since I’ve been small so to finally get it done at the last chance was pretty incredible.

“I’m stoked that I made it - I’ve got a rainbow jersey.”

The medal see Great Britain end the championships with three medals - one gold and two silver medals - the first silver coming from Annie Last’s historic elite women’s cross-country result.

Seagrave crashes

Tahnee Seagrave saw her medal hopes end with a crash in the elite women’s event.

The 22-year-old, the fastest rider in the official timed session, went down after leading through the first time split but was able to complete her run for 10th.

Seagrave, who has won three world cup rounds this season, was Britain’s sole representative after defending champion Rachel Atherton broke her collarbone in the timed run on Friday.

Canada’s Miranda Miller was crowned world champion with France’s Myriam Nicole second and Australia’s Tracey Hannah third.

Brayton 13th in elite men

Adam Brayton was Britain’s top finisher in the elite men’s race as he took 13th in 3:35.224, eight seconds back from winner Loic Bruni of France.

Also riding for GB, Greg Williamson was 14th, defending champion Danny Hart 16th, Gee Atherton 18th, Laurie Greenland 21st, Jack Reading 25th, Charlie Hatton 27th and Bernard Kerr 51st.

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