Ireland’s Eoghan Clifford grabbed a glorious gold medal in cycling's C3 time trial at the Paralympic Games in Rio today.

Clifford recorded a winning time of 38 minutes 21.79 seconds to repel the challenge of Japan’s Masaki Fujita, who claimed silver, with Michael Sametz securing bronze.

Clifford only joined the Parlalympic sphere two years ago, but the Limerick man has been hugely successful from his UCI Road World Championship debut in 2014, where he scooped gold.

There was little change in the order of the leading competitors throughout the race, with Clifford leading Fujita by just under 40 seconds at the halfway point in the 30km race and Sametz in third.

That buffer had grown to 1:08.62 when the Irishman crossed the line as he added gold to the bronze he secured in the pursuit last week.

"It's absolutely fantastic," he told RTÉ Sport. "It's been a great day for me and for the team as a whole.

"We've really proven that all our hard work in training does pay off.

"It's my second medal after the pursuit. I put a lot of pressure on myself to win today and I'm delighted to do it."