Chaffey's Rio dream falls short
TWEED cop Bill Chaffey said he'd let himself down after his dream of Paralympic gold ended in Rio with a fourth placing on Sunday.
Eyeing gold after paratriathlon was added to the Paralympic roster for the first time at Rio 2016, Chaffey crossed the line in a time of 1:03:01, 3:30 behind winner, Jetze Plat of The Netherlands.
A disappointed Chaffey took to social media to pay tribute to his army of supporters.
"As you can imagine, I don't have a great deal of good to say,” Chaffey said.
"The only positive thing to come out of that race is all of you, my followers, my supporters, my friends and most definitely my family, believed in me.
"The support I received in messages and well wishes leading up to this race was overwhelming.
"Thank you all so so much for that.
"I know I haven't let you down because I will always feel your support.”
Chaffey a world champion in 2009, 2011-13, and 2015, said he felt empty, with his European counterparts outperforming him on the day.
"At the moment I feel like I've let myself down. In fact it's a bit weird, I don't know how to feel,” Chaffey said.
"I haven't felt this before. I had a lot of expectations for this race and I put a lot of pressure on myself.
"I didn't meet my own expectations and the other blokes were better today, as can be seen in the results.”
Chaffey, 40, said he didn't want his career to finish like this and was sure he'd be back.
Geert Schipper completed a quinella for The Netherlands, claiming silver in a time of 1:01:30.
Italy's Giovanni Achenza took bronze in a time of 1:01:45.