Rohan Dennis has won Australia's first road cycling Olympic medal since 2004 with a gutsy bronze, by just 0.4 of a second in the individual time trial in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Nine years after he won a silver medal on the track in London, Dennis confirmed he was one of the best time triallists in the world with third place behind Slovenian Primoz Roglic and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin.
Roglic dominated the 44.2km course at the Fuji International Speedway to win in the time of 55mins 4.19secs while Dumoulin and Dennis were both over one minute behind.
After completing the course, Dennis, 31, faced a nervous wait to see whether the remaining riders would knock him off the podium but Switzerland's Stefan Kung was denied a medal by 0.4 of a second.
"The first lap was quite simple, I was in my rhythm but the second lap as we expected was quite a battle and was more of a dogfight," Dennis said.
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