08-10-2008 22:49

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Nicole Cooke of Britain battled rainy weather and slippery conditions to grit her way to a gold medal in the women's cycling road race.

Britain's Nicole Cooke is excited after passing the finish line during women’s cycling road race of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, August 10, 2008. Nicole Cooke won gold in the event(Xinhua Photo)
Britain's Nicole Cooke is excited after passing the finish line 
during womens' cycling road race of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
in Beijing, China, August 10, 2008. Nicole Cooke won gold in the
event.(Xinhua Photo)

She finished Sunday's 126.4-kilometer race around the streets of China's capital in a time of 3 hours, 32 minutes, and 24 seconds -- edging out four other competitors in a crowded sprint finish.

Sweden's Emma Johansson was awarded the silver medal while Tatiana Guderzo of Italy took the bronze medal.