Mullen breaks five-year old national record on tough day for Irish

Posted on: October 17th, 2015

Eoin Mullen has set a new national record for the one kilometre time-trial at the European Championships in Switzerland tonight. The Aran Islander clocked a time of 1.03.473 which was good enough to see him finish 10th.


By Brian Canty

Eoin Mullen was the toast of the Irish team at the European Track Championships in Switzerland tonight, the Aran Islander setting a new national record for the one kilometre time-trial.

Mullen beat the previous record set by Martyn Irvine in 2010 by six hundredths of a second in 1.03.473.

Tonight’s final was a contest between 17 riders with Mullen’s time seeing him finish in 10th place.

It was the highlight of a tough day for the Irish in general, though the sheer inexperience of some of the riders in the team cannot be overstated.

And nowhere was that inexperience highlighted better than in 19 year-old former national junior road race champion Fintan Ryan.

Making his debut at this level, the Dubliner went into the closing three rounds of the omnium standing 19th out of 20 riders, so he came into today with nothing to lose.

In the first event today, the 1K time-trial, he was 20th but that was only because he crashed in the latter stages of his effort and ceded massive time to those ahead of him.

Still, he remounted and later took his place on the start-line for the flying lap.

Again, he would finish last but his condition was less than ideal following his spill earlier in the day.

His final event was the 160-lap points race (40k) and just like Mark Downey last night, Ryan went as hard as he could from the start and managed to take third place at the second sprint.

He would escape later on and take more points for fourth and second in the last two sprints and he even looked like he’d take the final sprint but he was reeled in by the bunch.

His tally of points saw him finish ninth in the event but 20th overall when all scores were accumulated.

Elia Viviani (Italy) won outright with Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen taking the silver medal.

Elsewhere, debutant Marc Potts and Martyn Irvine were in action in the 4K individual pursuit.

Irvine fared the better of the two and finished a brilliant 10th of 32 riders.

His time of 4.24.737 was around 9 seconds slower than winner Stefan Keung (Sui) but only the top four advanced to the medal ride-offs.

Potts finished 30th in a time of 4.36.754 but like Ryan, is a newcomer to the track scene and nothing could have been expected of him.

The other Irish rider in action was comeback man Felix English and he rode very impressively in the elimination race.

He clung on for as long as he could and was the 10th rider eliminated, meaning he finished ninth in an event won by top French sprinter Brian Coquard.

In the women’s omnium, Lydia Boylan lies 16th overnight.

She was 16th in the scratch race, 14th in the 3K individual pursuit and 16th in the elimination race.

Eimear Moran made her long-awaited debut in the 500m TT and she finished 10th in a time of 37.226.

The winning time was a new world record of 32.794, set by Anastasia Voinova of Russia.

The final day of action tomorrow sees Eoin Mullen go in Heat 4 of the Keirin and Shannon McCurley in Heat 2 of the same event.

Only the top 2 qualify for the second  round.

Lydia Boylan will complete the remaining three rounds of the omnium and Ireland will also be represented in the elimination race by one rider.