Saturday 10 December 2016

Irish Paralympian Eoghan Clifford claims bronze medal in the C3 Individual Pursuit in Rio

Published 09/09/2016 | 22:44

Eoghan Clifford of Ireland in action at the Rio Olympic Velodrome. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Eoghan Clifford of Ireland in action at the Rio Olympic Velodrome. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Ireland's Eoghan Clifford has taken bronze in the C3 Individual Pursuit after beating Canada's Michael Sametz to the podium in a head-to-head battle at the Rio Olympic Velodrome.

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The Galway track cyclist produced a command display to lead from the outset in the race and had over 1.3 seconds to spare over his opponent at the finish.

The 35-year-old, who only took up the sport two years ago, finished in a slower time than he achieved in qualifying earlier today but it was enough to claim Paralympic bronze.

Clifford's heroics add to the gold medal won by Derry's Jason Smyth in the T13 100m final earlier today, our first medals of the Rio Paralympics.

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