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Schurter wins mountain bike gold to complete his medal set

Cycling - Mountain Bike - Olympics: Day 16

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Nino Schurter of Switzerland competes during the Men’s Cross-Country on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mountain Bike Centre on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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In the end, reigning gold medal winner and Czech Republic rider Jaroslav Kulhavy would have to settle with leading for much of the race and a silver medal.

Swiss biker Nino Schurter shot into the lead 25.5 km into the men’s cross country mountain bike final, leaving Kulhavy behind and claiming a long-awaited gold medal.

Schurter had Olympic silver (2012) and bronze (2008), and completed his set in 1:33:28 on Sunday in Rio.

That was 50 seconds better than Kulhavy, and 1:23 ahead of bronze-winning Carlos Coloma-Nicolas of Spain (who finished sixth in London 2012).

American cyclist Howard Grotts was 38th, a lap down.

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