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Australia leads pack with 10 medals

Updated: August 28, 2004, 8:10 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Julien Absalon has quite a year going: Married on Valentine's Day, a second straight French national title, and now, Olympic gold.

Absalon, whose focus had been on Athens since failing to make France's Olympic team four years ago, pulled away in the second half of the mountain bike race and eased to victory in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 2 seconds.

"My preparation was very tough,'' Absalon said. "I've dreamed of this moment a hundred times before. Now it's true. ...

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