Issue 15
Monday, 29 August 2016
Charles Darwin University

Oh, so close for Olympic cyclist

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University student and sprint cyclist Patrick Constable went within a whisker of a medal at the Rio Olympics this month.

The external Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science student, who trains in Adelaide, was a member of the Aussie sprint team, which was pipped by France in the race for bronze.

The margin was a heartbreaking 0.155 seconds.

The website reported that Constable was disappointed but proud of his first hit out in Olympic competition.

“Yes, there is disappointment, but there is also pride in the way we rode,” Constable said.

“Three very hard rounds, but I think we put it together well.”

Constable also competed in the Men’s Sprint where he finished eighth, and in the Men’s Keirin, to realise his ultimate sporting goal to “compete at an Olympic Games”.