In Rio he won Olympic 800m bronze, but don't hold your breath for Clayton Murphy to make his mark on the darts scene any time soon.

1. My pre-race superstition is to shower

“A couple of hours before a race, often the last thing I do before I leave for the track is to shower. It is a tradition which started from my first college cross country race and it has stuck ever since. 

“I listen to music – not sing – in the shower. I like to listen to hip-hop, rap, rock, pop – a range of music. Still, although it has become my thing, the one time I didn’t shower – because I went to the grocery store to grab something – ahead of the Texas Relays in March, it made no difference to how I performed because I won over 800m and beat Leo Manzano.”

2. I broke my toe lifting weights

“One of the most serious injuries I’ve suffered was when I broke my toe lifting weights for basketball at high school. I was doing a leg press and one of the plate weights slipped off, broke and crushed the big toe on my right foot. 

“I was in a hard cast up to my knee for three weeks, so you can imagine how much ankle strength I had after that. I was probably out for six weeks. It is the longest injury I’ve had in my career.” 

3. I’m not a natural at darts

“I live in a house with five other guys and we have some competitive nights playing video games. Recently I’ve bought a dartboard and we’ve been playing quite a lot.

“I find I am lucky in that I’m quite good at most sports, but darts I really struggle with. To be fair, we all struggle and it took us two hours before we could hit the bullseye. Despite this I still like to play darts.

“The other week I played for four days straight, although I can’t say my skill level has got a whole lot better.”