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Women's Olympic Mountain Bike Update
Italian mountain biker Paola Pezzo is bidding for a hat-trick of Olympic gold medals in the women's race on Friday.

"I know it won't be easy, particularly in a resistance sport," Pezzo said.

"But it's something I want to attempt. It would be such a feat."

The gold medal favourite will be 30-year-old Norwegian Gunn-Rita Dahle, who has a reputation as the fastest and most fearless rider on the downhills.

The 2002 world champion Dahle has been near unbeatable this year, winning all five of the World Cups that she has started.

Reigning world champion Sabine Spitz of Germany is another strongly in the frame for a medal.

Lisa Mathison, who is just 19, will carry Australia's hopes. She finished 13th in the World Cup event in Canada and 16th in Austria earlier this year.

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