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Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff makes history as first European Games champion at Baku 2015

Swiss mountain biker Jolanda Neff has become the first European Games champion in history by claiming gold in the Baku 2015 Women's Mountain Bike Cycling competition at the Mountain Bike Velopark today.

World champion Ms Neff became the first European Games champion in any sport after triumphing in the seven-lap course at the spectacular Mountain Bike Velopark in the Azerbaijan capital, Baku. 

Kathrin Stirnemann from Switzerland and Poland’s Maja Włoszczowska came in second and third to write their names in history alongside European Games champion Jolanda Neff.

The first ever European Games champion received her gold medal from Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees, and said: “It is an amazing event here at the first European Games and to win the first gold medal feels amazing.

"The course was very windy. We stayed together in a group of eight for the first three laps and then I attacked and made the gap bigger and bigger.

"It's really cool that my team-mate Kathrin Stirnemann from Switzerland took silver and my very good mate from Poland Maja Włoszczowska took the bronze medal.”

Ms Neff, who is ranked number one in the world, has been racing since she was six years old, and had won eight events in 2015 prior to her Baku 2015 European Games victory.

The Baku 2015 Mountain Bike Velopark is the first ever purpose built Mountain Bike Course in Azerbaijan, and is hosting 77 athletes in the one-day competition today, which also features the men’s event.