Thursday 29 September 2016

Ireland's golden day in Rio

Dunlevy, McCrystal and Clifford go through pain barrier to capture glory

Cathal Dennehy

Published 15/09/2016 | 02:30

14 September 2016; Ireland's Katie-George Dunlevy, centre, with her pilot Eve McCrystal, after winning gold in the Women's B Time Trial, along with fellow Team Ireland gold-medalist Eoghan Clifford who won the Men's C3 Time Trial at the Pontal Cycling Road during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
14 September 2016; Ireland's Katie-George Dunlevy, centre, with her pilot Eve McCrystal, after winning gold in the Women's B Time Trial, along with fellow Team Ireland gold-medalist Eoghan Clifford who won the Men's C3 Time Trial at the Pontal Cycling Road during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Two golds, one silver and one bronze medal - as days go in international competition, yesterday was one of Ireland's finest.

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It was a joyful afternoon on the bike for Eve McCrystal and Katie-George Dunlevy, who struck gold in the Women's B Time Trial, while Eoghan Clifford topped the podium in the Men's C3 Time Trial - although all three had difficult preparation.

McCrystal revealed afterwards that she felt ill in the days beforehand, but thoughts of that were put to the back of her mind when she joined Dunlevy on the ramp yesterday.

"I told her: 'we're going to win it,'" she said. "After that, once we got out there, it was encouragement all the way."

On Tuesday, Clifford, weighed down by a chronic pain in his knee contemplated "throwing his bike in the river".

"I had a rant at my coach," said Clifford. "I told him I wanted to throw the bike into the sea, and luckily he stopped me. I rang my wife and told her I don't want any more of this, but in truth I was always going to make the start line."

Earlier, Colin Lynch took silver in the men's C2 time trial while, last night in the pool, Ellen Keane won bronze in the SB8 100m breaststroke final

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