Sam Hill wins DH World Champs, Greg Minnaar 3rd

South African Greg Minnaar raced to 3rd place in the 2010 UCI World DH Championships held in Mont Saint Anne, Canada. Gregs run was 3 seconds slower than winner Sam Hills time. Fellow South African Andrew Neething was in 11th place, 10 seconds off the pace.

Hill has battled back from both a knee reconstruction and three snapped shoulder ligaments this year to claim his third world title, with the West Australian also taking out the honour 2006 and 2007.

Hill clocked 4min 37.93secs in the cold and wet conditions, 2.63 seconds faster than Canadian silver medallist Steve Smith (4:40.56) and South African bronze medallist Greg Minnaar (4:40.93).

“I don’t know what it is, but this is where I do well,” said the 25-year-old of the Mont-Sainte-Anne course, where he won world cups in 2007 and 2009.

After a less than an ideal build up due to injury, Hill said his confidence was fairly low going into the worlds.

“To come back from all that and be able to win today is really great.

“I still get a bit of pain when I ride. I’ll take some time off now and get fully healthy.”