Golden girl Lara Gillespie opens Ireland’s Euro Champs medals account

Posted on: July 9th, 2019
Lara Gillespie has taken another medal at a major championships; storming to scratch race silver at the European Track Championships in Gent

Lara Gillespie has opened Ireland’s account at the U23 & Junior European Track Championships by taking silver in the scratch race.

Gillespie was denied gold by Polish rider Nikola Wielowska on the opening day of competition in Gent, Belgium.

Taking the bronze medal was Maike Van der Duin of the Netherlands, with Eluned King of Great Britain in 4th place.

Last year at the championships, which were held in Switzerland, Gillespie claimed silver in the individual pursuit and gold in the points race.

Lara Gillespie on the podium with her silver medal
Xeno Young in the U23 individual pursuit earlier today
Mia Griffin readies herself for aged at the Europeans in Gent today

And now she has added silver that to Europeans haul, with the hope she just might taken even more silverware from the championship meeting in Belgium.

Also in action today, Mia Griffin was 8th in the U23 women’s pursuit and former Irish rider turned British rider Josie Knight was 11th in the same event.

In the U23 elimination race Autumn Collins was 11th while Xeno Young was 7th in the U23 individual pursuit.

Louis Bilyard is up late from the junior scratch race and JB Murphy contests the U23 elimination race.

European Track Championships

Junior Team

  • Louis Bilyard
  • Lara Gillespie
  • Caoimhe O’Brien
  • Aaron Wade

Under 23 Team

  • Autumn Collins
  • Mia Griffin
  • JB Murphy
  • Xeno Young