Alan Hatherly’s silver medal in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia, at the weekend was the outstanding moment in a competition that produced a few "what-if" moments for SA.Hatherly finished second in the under-23 cross-country race on Friday, just 11sec behind New Zealand’s Sam Gaze, with Germany’s Maximilian Brandl third. It was SA’s best result in the cross-country world championships since the late Burry Stander won the under-23 title in 2009.But while Hatherly was still celebrating, Greg Minnaar was left to reflect on his run of bad luck after he suffered a puncture on his run in the downhill champs on Sunday. Minnaar, a three-time world champion, had been third-fastest at the first split on the dusty track.A puncture also cost him the chance of winning the UCI World Cup series in Italy a few weeks back.SA’s loss was Australia’s gain on Friday, when the South African-born Cameron Wright won his adopted country their first cross-country world champions...

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