Haley Batten, a 22-year-old Santa Cruz resident from Park City, Utah, took ninth place in the women’s Olympic cross-country mountain biking on Tuesday in Izu, Japan.
She finished four minutes and 22 seconds behind gold medalist Jolanda Neff of Switzerland, who won in one hour, 15 minutes and 46 seconds.
Haley Batten performs at the UCI XCC in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic on May 14. Batten, 22, of Santa Cruz, took ninth place for the United States in the women’s mountain bike race at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. (Red Bull – File contributed)
A general view of Haley Batten from Team United States, Ronja Eibl from Team Germany, Rocio del Alba Garcia Martinez from Team Spain, Catharine Pendrel from Team Canada, Sofia Gomez Villafane from Team Argentina and the peloton during the women’s cross country race in Tokyo 2020 Olympics at Izu Mountain Bike Course on Tuesday. (Tim de Waele – Getty Images)
Jolanda Neff of Switzerland competes in the women’s cross-country mountain biking competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Tuesday in Izu, Japan. (Thibault Camus – The Associated Press)
Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France and Jolanda Neff of Switzerland face off in the women’s cross-country mountain biking competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Tuesday in Izu, Japan. (Christophe Ena – The Associated Press)
Jolanda Neff of Switzerland celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the women’s cross-country mountain biking competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Tuesday in Izu, Japan. (Christophe Ena – The Associated Press)
Former world champion Neff led the Swiss to a medal streak with a masterful victory on a slippery Izu circuit. She took the lead early as several favorites made mistakes in a chaotic start and had a flawless race to win by 1:10 seconds over teammate Sina Frei.
Linda Indergand completed Swiss domination by winning the bronze medal.
Batten was America’s best finisher. Originally from Kentfield, Kate Courtney, the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup overall champion, finished 15th, 6:33 off Neff’s pace. Erin Huck of Boulder, Colo., Was passed and finished 31st in the 38-run field.