Name: Eddie Dunbar
Event: Cycling - road race
Banteer in county Cork boats a proud Olympic history. Denis Horgan, who was born in the village, set a number of world records in the shot put before winning a silver medal at the 1908 Game in London, preceding Irish independence.
Pat O'Callaghan became another Banteer-born Olympian to win a medal at a Games, also in an athletics field event. O'Callaghan achieved a notable first when he struck gold in the hammer event in Amsterdam in 1928, becoming the first Irish competitor to do so under the Irish flag. Eddie Dunbar is the latest son of Banteer to fulfil an Olympic dream.
The 24-year-old entered World Tour racing with Team Sky in 2018, picking up a podium finish on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia in his first Grand Tour appearance. Dunbar’s good form has continued as he played a pivotal role in supporting team-mate Richard Carapaz to take victory at the Tour of Switzerland earlier this year, winning the best young rider classification in the process.
At home in the mountains, the Mount Fuji circuit with it’s 4,865 metres of elevation gain will suit climbing specialist Dunbar.