Brilliant bronze for Dennis after Rio heartache

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Australia's medal bonanza continued tonight with road cyclist Rohan Dennis winning bronze in the individual time trial to cap one of the biggest one-day medal hauls in the country's Olympic history.

The two-time world champion produced a brilliant ride, clocking a time of 56:08.09 over the 44.2km course that included the unique finish around the Fuji International Speedway.

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Rohan Dennis of Australia poses with his bronze medal. (Getty)

Slovenian Primoz Roglic comfortably claimed the gold medal with a phenomenal speed blitz, powering to a time of 55:04.19 - a minute faster than Dutchman Tom Dumoulin in second.

Dennis was only 2.51s behind Dumoulin.

Less than three seconds separated Dumoulin and Stefan Kueng in fourth.

The other Aussie in the race, Richie Porte, finished a disappointing 27th, and after his run announced that next year would be his last in pro cycling.

The seven medals from Australia today - three golds and four bronze - means that day five in Tokyo will go down as one of the most successful days in Australian Olympic history.

Rohan Dennis of Australia rides during the individual time trial at Fuji International Speedway. (Getty)

For the 31-year-old Dennis, his bronze success justified his decision to skip last weekend's road race in Tokyo.

He prioritised the individual time trial - his pet event and the one in which he won world titles in 2018 and 2019 - as he sought for redemption from Rio five years ago when a bike malfunction cost him dearly.

Dennis was on the way to a likely silver medal when his aerobars snapped and he slipped to fifth.

Porte, meanwhile, made no excuses and may have been heavy in the legs after he competed in the 234km road race last Saturday.

"Probably the worst ride I have had in a long time," he said after coming in close to six minutes behind Roglic.

"Such a hard course. But... no excuses. This one's on me. Just wasn't up to it.

"It hasn't been a great Games, but it's still better than being in hospital like I was in Rio after the road race. Next year is it for me."

Earlier today in the women's time trial, Australian Grace Brown finished fourth - just seven seconds from bronze medallist Anna van der Breggen - while compatriot Sarah Gigante was 11th.

Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten claimed gold and Marlen Ruesser silver.

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