Hatherly crowned Under-23 cross-country world champion at UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

South Africa's Alan Hatherly tackles the hills during the Men's Cross Country Mountain Biking at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Chris Putnam/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

South African Alan Hatherly is the new Under-23 cross-country world champion after winning at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Friday.

Hatherly, who competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, topped the podium in a time of 1:21.22, while Christopher Blevins of the U.S. finished second and David Nordemann of the Netherlands third.

Julian Jessop, Hatherly's South African compatriot, finished 41st place in a time of 1:29.05 after seven laps of the 4,2km course.

The two were not the only riders representing Africa.

Namibia's Tristan de Lange placed 71st, Tunisia's Habouria Maher finished 81st and Lesotho's Tumelo Makae was 91st.