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MTB world championships - CM
Rotorua, New Zealand, August 22-27, 2006
Race 8 - August 26: Junior women downhill
Hannah blows away fellow juniors
Despite forecasts predicting rain, the day started clear and sunny and, at least at the base of Mount Ngongotaha, relatively warm. However, it was a different story at the top of the course, where a near gale was blowing. The breeze was strong enough to blow the first Junior woman a bit sideways.
Canada's Micayla Gatto commented after her run "it was so strong (the wind). I almost ended up outside the tape when the wind caught me on the first steep section."
Gatto finished third, a repeat from last year, 33.8 seconds behind Hannah, who finished 4.67 seconds ahead of Floriane Pugin of France. Hannah is the younger sister of pro downhiller Mick Hannah. Pugin had the fastest intermediate time by nearly four seconds, but lost double that in lower, more technical portion of the course.
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Final 1 Tracey Hannah (Australia) 4.07.07 2 Floriane Pugin (France) 4.11.74 3 Micayla Gatto (Canada) 4.40.91 DNS Christina Pinney (USA) Seeding run 1 Floriane Pugin (France) 3.54.0 (33.80 Km/h) 2 Tracey Hannah (Australia) 3.55.0 3 Micayla Gatto (Canada) 4.09.1 4 Christina Pinney (USA) 5.37.7