Keane Battles to 40th in Rio Olympics

Rio Men's Swim Start

Irish Olympian Bryan Keane has finished 40th in the men's triathlon final in Rio.

The first time Olympian got off to a strong start to the hotly contested race but was left frustrated by a helmet issue that caused him to loose a commanding position coming out of T1.

The race, which was staged amid the stunning backdrop of Copacobana Beach, was won by pre-race favourite Alistair Browlee, with his brother Jonathan claiming the Olympic silver medal in second place and South African athlete Henri Schoeman winning Bronze in 3rd.

Keane Starts Strongly 

Bryan Keane started well and emerged from the 1,500m swim in 38th position - in the middle of a tight pack of athletes that included some pre-race favourites such as Mario Mola and Richard Murray.

However Keane was left stranded by an issue with his helmet strap that cost him more more than 15secs - a massive margin in such a fiercely contested race.

As a result he lost contact with the large chase group of athletes as it moved out of T1 and Keane was forced to spend almost all of the 40km bike course chasing with just US athlete Greg Billington for assistance.

Bryan Keane Rio Race 3

Speaking immediately after the race, Keane couldn't hide his disappointment:

"I just couldn't close the helmet and I had to watch as guys like Murray got away, it was really frustrating because I got out of the water ahead of them," Keane said.

"It's frustrating when you're aiming for the top 20. I ran the 21st best run split but the gap was too much."

Keane ran bravely on the 10km run course - overtaking eight of his rivals and crossed the line in 1:52:09.

Bryan Keane Rio Race 5

Keane has overcome massive odds to make it to the Olympics, at just two days shy of his 36th birthday, he was the oldest man in the race. Because of an injury interrupted season in 2015, he only secured his place with the very last race of the qualifying period last May. 

Redemption

Six years ago, Keane had been on track for qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics when he was knocked from his car by a bike and fractured his knee cap.

With the injury considered career threatening, Keane spent two full years in rehabilitation, building up the wasted muscles in his leg and learning to re-pattern his movements in order to run at full speed again.

The setback left him with a determination to one day make it to the world's biggest sporting stage - an ambition he achieved with his battling performance in Rio.