The Americans Christopher Blevins and Hayley Batten closed with gold medals in the elite final of the Olympic cross country (XCO) of the Pan American Mountain Bike Championship, which took place this Sunday in Utah, United States, with the presence of cyclists from 40 nations.

American Christopher Blevins came in first in his specialty (1:19:35 hours), followed by Mexican Adair Prieto (1:21:02) and Canadian Gunnar Holmgren, bronze with a time of 1:21:16. Colombian Diego Alfonso Arias finished fourth with 1:21:16.

Among the women, the United States won a double gold and silver: Hayley Batten took the crown (1:16:21), and Kate Courtney followed with 1:19:11. Third place went to Canada’s Sanra Walter, who came in almost two minutes later with a time of 1:21:22.

These results allowed the countries to add valuable points in the XCO Olympic ranking, which will close next May 26 and in which the United States has options of quotas in both sexes, while Colombia seeks to ensure a male numerical quota for Paris 2024.

Most of the competitors of this Pan American MTB Championship will now travel to the Czech Republic to compete in the UCI World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, which will be held from May 24 to 26, and which will be the last scoring event before the closing of the MTB qualification for the Olympic Games.