Bronze medalist's father arrested in Rio

AUSTRALIAN walker Dane Bird-Smith won bronze this morning in the men's 20km walk, however as he celebrated his win his father was detained by military police.

The 24 year-old from Brisbane finished third with two Chinese athletes - Zhen Wang and Zelin Cai - taking silver and gold. 

Wang 's winning time was one minute 19.14 seconds, 12 seconds ahead of Cai, with Bird-Smith a further 13 seconds behind in third.

"This means so much to finally have a race where I went well," Bird-Smith said after the race. 

"And I've just looked at my watch and I've done a bloody PB as well. I just can't believe it. I'm stoked. I just want to find my family."

That would prove a more difficult task than expected with his father who was on his way to see him being detained after reportedly getting into an argument with military police at a nearby checkpoint. 

"He's going to be going nuts somewhere," Bird-Smith told Channel 7 after his win - at the time he was oblivious to the fact his dad had been detained. 

"He was on the drinks table. He was going absolutely bananas down there. I've got to go find them and catch up.

"Having the whole crew here. My mum, my dad, my brother, my fiance, by my two best friends, my training partners, everyone came out and they really got me through. I dug deep just for them."



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