GOLD COAST - Alan Hatherly rode his way to South Africa’s first Commonwealth Games medal on day eight of the event on Thursday when he finished third in the men’s mountain bike cross-country race in a titanic struggle against a powerhouse New Zealand team.
Kiwi Sam Gaze, the man who beat Hatherly into silver at last year’s World Under-23 MTB cross-country championships, did it again.
Hatherly, the 2014 African Youth Games champion, went into the race on the back of a race-to-fitness, having broken his arm as recently as February.
"Wow, I’m so stoked with this," said the normally reserved 22-year-old.
"Obviously I was aiming for a medal but to get a medal at this level is huge, racing the best in the world. It’s a super hard course!