Bunbury’s Ryan Bailie has put in a superb performance to finish in 10th position in the men’s triathlon at the Rio Olympics, despite the suggestion someone tampered with his helmet prior to the bike leg.
Bailie got off to a great start in the swim leg, but a strange delay during his transition to the bike cost him valuable time.
“Coming out of the water my helmet was not left on my bike how I left it in transition so it had obviously been knocked off and my buckle was done up,” said a frustrated Bailie.
“It obviously cost me a few seconds that can make the difference, one of those critical moments that you look back on and think ‘what if.’
“Then eventually on the bike I didn’t have the legs to go with that first group.
“It was a second critical moment and I got dropped from the front group and that’s pretty much the race up the road.
“It was just about trying get to minimise the damage and leave all out there on the run.”
It was two British brothers who came out on top, with Alistair Brownlee taking gold in a time of one hour, 45 minutes and one second.
His younger brother Jonny Brownlee took silver, six seconds behind, while Henri Schoeman of South Africa was a distant third.
Bailie finished 10th, with a time of 1:47:02, 20 seconds behind his countryman Aaron Royle.
Despite his transition problems, Bailie was delighted to secure a top-10 finish.
“Tenth in my first Olympic Games; you’ve got to be pretty happy with that,” he said.
“Obviously you always want to win but I gave it my all on the day and I couldn’t have done anything else.”