Big gun Mullen returns to put the power down against quality rivals

Posted on: July 9th, 2019
Eoin Mullen was back sprinting at an Irish track meeting last weekend and claimed a bronze from the international field (Photo: Paul Atkinson)

Now based in the United States, Arran Islander Eoin Mullen returned to Ireland for the Dublin Track International and took a bronze in the sprint.

The event featured some truly world class opposition; only an Olympic champion and Asian champion finishing ahead of the Irish powerhouse.

In the 200m individual sprint TT qualifying, Olympic gold-medallist Jason Kenny put down the standard with a time of 10.621-seconds.

Mohamed Shah Firdous of Malaysia took 2nd place and Ireland’s Mullen was 3rd in a time of 10.812.

Mullen then went on through the competition but was beaten by Mohammad Awang in the semi final and eventually took the bronze.

However, nothing could stop Jason Kenny powering through for the gold medal, with Mohammad Awang taking the silver ahead of Mullen.

In the women’s event, Victoria Williamson took Robyn Stewart’s track record with a 12.144, before Italy’s Elena Bissolati turned in a 12.143 less than five minutes later.

Britain’s Sophie Capewell then hammered out an 11.892, the first ever sub 12-second time for this event at Sundrive.

That feat that was quickly repeated when Charlene Du Preez of South Africa came home with 11.936.  Capewell took gold ahead of Du Preez and Bissolati.

Ethan Hayter has been billed as the new Geraint Thomas. He has a big future ahead of him (Photo: Paul Atkinson)

The men’s omnium was won by British prodigy Ethan Hayter, who in truth never looked like losing.

While still only aged 20 years, Hayter was part of Team GB’s gold medal winning formation in the team pursuit at the World Championships last year.

He also claimed omnium gold at the Europeans last year; competing in Dublin at the weekend in his Euro champ’s livery.

He joined Team Sky for a trial period at the end of last year.

So far this year he’s won a stage and the overall at A Travers les Hauts de France (2.2) in France.

Hayter has also won two stages and the points classification at the Baby Giro this year and took the British U23 road title the weekend before last.

German Max Beyer and Dane Niklas Larsen were the best of the rest in the omnium on Sundrive Road on Sunday.

Beyer was unlucky to suffer a mechanical when going nicely in the points race, but Hayter was well worth his win.

Taking the women’s omnium in fine style was the outstanding Julie Leth (Denmark), who was in control of the competition throughout.

Briton Emily Kay turned in a fabulous late-in-the-day performance in the points race to claim silver in front of Germany’s Gudrun Stock.

Ireland’s Shannon McCurley faded towards the end of a tough day, having been in a great position prior to the final event.