Big crash shakes up Paralympics cycling road race
CYCLING: Two silver medals and a sixth place. Not a bad effort for Kyle Bridgwood in his first Paralympics.
The Sunshine Coast rider finished his competition on Sunday with the C4-5 road race, finishing sixth.
Although Bridgwood was not involved in the controversy surrounding the end of the race, compatriot Alistair Donohoe was at the centre of it.
Donohoe was in a sprint with Ukraine's Yehor Dementyev to the finish line for gold.
However the pair crashed metres from the finish and Daniel Abraham came from third to win gold at the line.
Donohoe actually crossed first but without his bike, meaning the result did not count. He eventually finished a devastating fifth, 55 seconds from first.
The Ukrainian rider was disqualified for causing the crash.
Donohoe said when he crossed the finish line he was unsure if he had done the right thing.
"I just knew that I had to get myself across," he said.
"It was an emotional rollercoaster because I waited 15 minutes to figure out what the result was and then I got told they'd given it to me and then they later told me technically they couldn't."
Donohoe said he was devastated but he wasn't in tears.
"I gave it my best go, it wasn't my fault, and there's nothing I could do about the finish," he said.
Donohoe said he rode the perfect race and put himself in a winning position, which was the biggest positive.
"If I had my time over I wouldn't change a thing," he said.
Donohoe said he had been hanging out for this race since the start of the Paralympics.
He won two silver medals in his other race.
"It's an awesome achievement," Donohoe said.
Seven stitches and plenty of grazes was what Donohoe was left with after the crash.
The other rider was taken to hospital in a neck brace.
Immediately after the race, Bridgwood said he was unsure what had happened as he was not close enough to see the crash.
The winner, Abraham, said he was expecting the bronze medal.
"I'm sorry for them, I don't like to win like that but it happens," he said.
Abraham said he could see the accident was going to happen.
"They didn't reach the line so I passed," he said.
The Dutch rider said he had worked hard to win.
Bridgwood finished 2mins, 33secs behind the winner.
"The race was pretty tough to be honest, it was very windy out there, and felt like a headwind the whole time," he said.
Bridgwood won his silvers in the 4000m C4 individual pursuit and the C4 road time trial.
"It's been very cool and I'm blown away by the experience and looking forward to the next one," he said about the Paralympics.
The 27-year-old will head back to Australia in three days.
"I've got another race on the Sunshine Coast next weekend that I've put my hand up for but I'll see how I'm feeling beforehand and then I go on a break," Bridgwood said.
"I'm looking forward to the break, catching up with friends and having some quality time with my family and my girlfriend."