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Cyclist Nicole Cooke wins gold for Britain


There was heavy rain and two 30-minute climbs in Beijing, but Nicole Cooke "defied treacherous conditions to win gold in the women's cycle road race in a thrilling sprint finish. On the punishing final incline at Juyonggguan, Cooke looked as if she were about to be dropped by the leaders with half a kilometre to go but, showing her immense power, fought back to the front before holding off a strong challenge from Sweden's Emma Johannsson to cross the line first by half a wheel length. Italy's Tatiana Guderzo was third".

Her gold was Britain's 200th gold medal in summer and winter Olympics.

Cycling with her were teammates Emma Pooley and Sharon Laws, who helped her win. Nicole Cooke describes her debt to them while looking charming in a video interview for the Telegraph.

Cooke was born in Swansea and raised in the Vale of Glamorgan. Saturday, Cat wrote a scathing letter to the Telegraph for failing to include Wales in a projected television series of 50 of the greatest British historical events. Perhaps they're reconsidering today.

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