Daniel McConnell will make history in Rio when he becomes the first Australian athlete to compete in the mountain bike discipline at three Olympic Games having also lined up in the green and gold at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.
At 23 and competing at his debut Games, McConnell finished in 39th,. before improving to 21st place in 2012.
McConnell made his Commonwealth Games debut in 2014 in Glasgow where he matched Rio 2016 teammate and partner Rebecca Henderson’s bronze medal performance. McConnell finished just 10 seconds behind New Zealand gold medallist Anton Cooper.
A strong 2015 saw McConnell claim a 5th and two 11th place finishes in World Cup events. He went on to win the 2016 National Championships, finish second at the 2016 Oceania Championships and confirm his spot on his third Olympic Team after a series of consistent performances at the opening World Cup events of the Olympic year. He is currently ranked in the 12th in the world rankings.
McConnell's mother Jenny competed in athletics for Australia at the 1972 Munich Olympics. She finished 8th in the 1500m and 22nd in the 800m event.
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Cycling - Mountain Bike
Cross Country Men
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Coombs, ACT, Australia
- 2012 London - 21st 2008 Beijing - 39th
- 39th – World Championships (Nove Mesto, Czech Republic)
- 22nd – World Cup #2 (Albstadt, Switzerland)
- 31st - World Cup 1 (Cairns, Australia)
- 2nd - 2016 Oceania Championships (Queenstown, NZ)
- 1st - 2016 National Championships (Bright, Australia)
- Winning the World Cup event in Albstadt, Germany in 2013
- Winning the national championship in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016
- Bruthen Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Bairnsdale Secondary School (VIC, Australia)
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