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Mountain Biking Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Mountain Biking at Olympics: Mountain biking is a sport discipline included in the cycling event. The vehicles used during the event are mountain bikes. The races are held off-road, generally in the hilly regions. Mountain biking's

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Mountain Biking Schedule

11th August 12:30 - 14:30Hadleigh Farm, Essex
  • Women's Cross-Country: race, victory ceremony
  • 12th August 13:30 - 15:30Hadleigh Farm, Essex
  • Men's Cross-Country: race, victory ceremony

  • advent dates back to the first half of the twentieth century. The event turned into a professional sport within the last half of the century. There are various categories of mountain biking. The sport event is governed by the Union Cyclist Internationale or the UCI.

    Mountain Biking in the Summer Games: Mountain biking was included in the Olympic schedule at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. Since then, the event has been contested regularly at the Olympics. Only cross country race is contested at the Summer Games. Men over a distance between 40 and 50 kilometer during the race. The distance covered by the women is 30 to 40 kilometer.

    Categories of Mountain Biking: Mountain biking is divided in various categories. The two major categories contested during mountain biking competitions are-

    • Cross country
    • Downhill

    There are other less contested categories also. The categories are-

    • Free ride
    • Dirt Jump
    • Trials/street riding

    Rules of Mountain Biking: The Union Cyclist Internationale or the UCI is authorized to set rules to be followed during the mountain biking races at the international level. Some of the mountain biking rules include-

    • The length of the cross country races should be between 5 kilometer and 9 kilometer. The race course should be marked at every kilometer.
    • The race is divided into various categories according to the age of the participants. Generally there are three categories-juniors, elite and masters.
    • The races are generally started in group.
    • A course should be properly marked for directing the bikers in right way. The signs, which should be used on the course, are specified in the rule book of the UCI.
    • Starting and finishing points on a course should be appropriately marked with banners at high above the ground level.
    • Riders are penalized for moving from one course to another during the race.
    • The riders are not allowed to obstruct other bikers' progress during the competition. if found guilty, a biker can be penalized.
    • A false start can lead to disqualification from the competition.
    • Using radio during the race is prohibited.
    • The size of the wheels of the bicycles is specified by the UCI.

    Medal winners in Mountain Biking: Juliuen Absalon, Miguel Martinez, Bart Brentjens, John Tomac, Tom Ritchey, Hans Rey, Jacquie Phelan, Steve Peat, Paola Pezzo, Ned Overend, Charlie Kelley, Greg Herbold, Missy Giove, Juli Furtado, Gary Fisher, Alison Dunlap, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja, Charlie Cunningham, Keith Bontrager and Fabien Barel are some of the leading bikers, who excelled in the event of mountain biking at the international level

    Mountain Biking Top Men Medalists

    Men Medals
    FranceJulien Absalon2002
    FranceMiguel Martinez1012
    NetherlandsBart Brentjens0000

    Mountain Biking Top Women Medalists

    GermanySabine Spitz1113
    ItalyPaola Pezzo2002
    FranceJulie Bresset1001

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    Last updated on: June 14, 2016

    Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

    Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

    In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

    Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


    Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

    French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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