Veteran New Zealand pursuiter Marc Ryan won two Commonwealth Games bronze medals with intense chest pain after falling out of bed two days into his stay in the athletes' village.
The Timaru rider snared his second bronze in 24 hours, beating Wales' Owain Doull by more than 2sec in the ride for third at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome today.
And he did it with sore ribs after his mishap last week which left him in doubt for the pursuit team's bronze on night one.
"I need to get a better story but I fell out of bed, and landed on the wooden frame of the bed. It's an old rib cartilage injury which flared back up again.
"The medical staff in the village did an amazing job, pretty much patched me up for three days non stop, three times a day with all sorts of crazy strapping to get me to the start line in the TP," Ryan said.
Ryan could see the humour in how the injury happened. "Normally my bed is against the wall, and I think I rolled the wrong way and fell in between the wall and the bed."
The 31-year-old added to his array of Olympic, Commonwealth and world championship medals which now numbers 10.
His Commonwealth Games haul now numbers one silver (team pursuit in Delhi 2010), and three bronzes (team pursuit in 2006 and 2014, and today's individual bronze).
He qualified fourth fastest, while Australian pair Jack Bobridge and Alex Edmondson were the two fastest. Bobridge dominated the gold medal ride to beat his compatriot by 5sec. Ryan's time of 4min 23.559sec in the bronze medal ride was more than a second quicker than Edmondson recorded in the final.
"I'm pleased, I'm not 100 percent at the moment ... before I arrived I was in probably the best nick I've been in in my life," Ryan said.
"I felt it [injury] off the line. Starting was the biggest problem. During the race the adrenaline kicks in and I can't feel it too much but as soon as I finish I feel the pain. It's not too bad, it's do-able."
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