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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Jenkins triumphs in adversity
Jenkins had his wheel clipped midway through the bike leg
Britain's Marc Jenkins ended the Olympics triathlon to a hero's welcome despite finishing last in Athens.

A collison midway through the cycling leg left the Welshman with a broken wheel, ending any chance he had.

But the 28-year-old put the bike on his shoulder and ran two kilometres to the next wheel station, finishing the race to cheers from the British fans.

"My initial thought was that I couldn't continue, but it's the Olympics and I wanted to finish," he said.

"Someone went into the back of my wheel and the quick-release handle on their wheel took out five or six of my spokes.

"I couldn't even run with the bike at my side because the wheel wouldn't turn round, so I had to put it on my shoulders.

"My legs are paying for it now. I'm very disappointed at the moment, really upset."

New Zealand enjoyed a one-two finish, with Hamish Carter taking gold, Bevan Docherty silver, while Switzerland's Sven Riederer claimed third.

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25 Aug 04  |  Triathlon


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