'I Didn't Win This Because I'm Better Than Them'

'I Didn't Win This Because I'm Better Than Them'
By PJ Browne

Ireland won its second medal of the Paralympics on Friday night when Eoghan Clifford claimed bronze in the C3 Individual Pursuit.

Earlier in the day, Jason Smyth won gold in the T13 100m.

Clifford is a multiple world champion but this was his first Paralympic medal.

The 35-year-old from Galway beat Canadian Michael Sametz in the medal race.

Afterwards, Clifford said the medal was not won because he's a better rider than the rest. It was down to him fighting a little bit more; perhaps because he felt many people would have been 'let down' had he not claimed a medal.

I didn’t really win that because I’ve better legs, I was in agony from the start with my knee and stuff, I won it because I felt I would let so many people down if I didn’t medal today. In training I’ve been very good in the first four laps, but the difference today was whereas normally from my fourth lap to my twelfth lap I don’t drop time, today I was eating time. And actually after four laps in the qualifier I thought I would break the Paralympic record, my legs just weren’t up to it. Great I had a buffer because my legs were in bits.

Here's Clifford being interviewed on RTÉ after the race.

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