Ireland's golden day in Rio
Dunlevy, McCrystal and Clifford go through pain barrier to capture glory
Published 15/09/2016 | 02:30
Two golds, one silver and one bronze medal - as days go in international competition, yesterday was one of Ireland's finest.
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