"It just came off but it happens in bike racing"
Eoghan Clifford is taking the mechanical issue that prevented him from winning a third Paralympic medal in his stride.
The NUIG lecturer, who had already won gold in the Men's C3 Time Trial and bronze in the Individual pursuit C3, finished fifth in the C-1 to C-3 road race in Rio this afternoon.
He finished 10 seconds off the winner, after commanding a medal position earlier in the race, as a chain-related mechanical problem had a major impact.
"The chain came off. I wasn't actually changing gears or anything. It just came off but it happens in bike racing. You can get a puncture, you can get a mechanical and it mightn't be anyone's fault," he said, although he admitted that he was disappointed.
"I really felt I had a medal there but it's been a great Paralympics. I've really enjoyed it."