Tuesday 25 July 2017

O'Connor reveals he is already plotting for Olympics in Rio

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

WITH the taste of Olympic glory still fresh in his mouth, bronze medallist Cian O'Connor is hungry for more success.

He revealed yesterday he is already plotting his assault on Olympic qualification in four years' time.

He's less than a week back on home soil, but already the 32-year-old has got the bit between his teeth and says he is "determined" to earn his place on the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Speaking to the Irish Independent yesterday ahead of his next big competition -- the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS which gets under way today -- he said his recent success has made him even more anxious to add to his medal tally.

"I definitely think there's another Olympics for me on the horizon, you have to have hopes and my dreams very much continue.

"Part of my plan is that I'm always looking for the next horse because you can't rest on your laurels. Even this week I had to be as focused coming here (to the Horse Show) as I was last week at the Olympics."

He added: "Last week was great, and it was a good achievement, but it's over and you can't become complacent or else you'll knock fences.

"This game is a great leveller, you could be top of the tree one minute and then sitting on your backside the next, so you have to stay on the game."

O'Connor will compete every day during the Horse Show -- but will take time out to attend the Olympic homecoming celebration party at 1pm today in Dublin's Mansion House.

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Irish Independent

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