Craven happy to represent country in time trial

11 Aug 2016 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) - In spite of finishing last, Namibian cyclist Dan Craven is satisfied with his performance in the time trial event of the Olympic Games currently underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 2016 summer games started on Friday and end 21 August.
Craven competed in the time trial on Wednesday after short notice. He was not scheduled to compete in that event and only found out on Tuesday morning that he could compete.
Olympics cycling organisers asked Craven to participate in the time trial after several riders could not make it due to crashes and injuries suffered during the road race which took place on Saturday. Craven also took part in that road race but did not finish and was ranked 138th out of the 144 cyclists.
“I was not aware I will be competing at the event (time trial) but how many people get an unexpected invitation to compete in an event in the Olympic Games? That just doesn’t happen.
“The thought of me representing my country in front of the entire world was an opportunity I could not turn down even though I knew I did not have the right equipment,” he said in a video availed to Nampa by Namibian officials attending the event on Wednesday.
Craven only had a road bike and not a time trial bike and finished with a time of 1:27:47.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the race with a time of 1:12:15; the silver medal went to Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands with a time of 1:13:02 and Chris Froome of Great Britain walked away with the bronze with a time of 1:13:17.
Cyclists compete in a time trial against the clock to secure the fastest time.
Athletes still to represent Namibia at the games are Junius Jonas on Thursday, marathon runners Helalia Johannes, Beata Naigambo, Alina Armas, and Mynhardt Kauanivi. The women will run on 14 August and Kauanivi on 21 August. Cyclist Michelle Vorster will compete in cross-country on 20 August.
Another boxer Mathias Hamunyela was eliminated on Monday, while clay target shottist Gaby Ahrens failed to proceed on Sunday, and cyclist Vera Adrian exited the competition on Saturday.