Rio 2016: The rough and tumble

Gymnast Kieran Behan has defied medicine, physics and reason to go to Rio

31st July, 2016
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Kieran Behans struggle to reach the Rio Olympics has been a long and arduous one Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Kieran Behan has the hands of a gymnast and a builder. His fingers are calloused and his grip is firm. His palms are badly blistered and the skin is raw in places.

“That’s from the gym,” he said with a grin when asked to show the damage. He is perhaps the only Olympic gymnast in the world who would even feel the need to give an explanation. Although he is preparing for his second Games,...

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