Heroic Irish juniors blast to two medals at World Championships

Posted on: August 25th, 2017

Xeno Young JB Murphy medal World Championships

Ireland has a two-man team at these World Championships and both have romped to medals just minutes apart in Italy. Above, JB Murphy picking up his points race bronze.

 

Xeno Young and JB Murphy medal at World Championships

 

The Irish team at the World Junior Track Championships may only consist of two riders, but they’ve both won medals this evening.

JB Murphy stormed to a bronze medal in the points race. He adds that to his elimination race silver from the European Championships of last month.

He lapped the field today and was only eight points off the leader, Oleg Kanaka from Ukraine, going into the last sprint.

That was worth 10 points and so Murphy attacked in a glory or bust effort from seven laps out.

The young Kildare man very nearly made it all the way, and would have won the gold medal. But he was passed just short of the finish line.

However, bronze at the World Championships is an incredible result for him.

Kanaka took the world title with 38 points and Russian Iván Gerasimov was 2nd on 30 points. JB Murphy claimed the bronze with 29 points.

And just minutes after Murphy’s heroics, Xeno Young took silver in the individual pursuit.

He had qualified for the gold medal rider off against Johan Price-Pejtersen of Denmark in the qualifying round earlier in the day.

Young, a silver medal winner in the same event at the Europeans this year, was 2nd in qualifying.

He did a time of 3:15.5; a new Irish junior record by a staggering near 3.5 seconds. Young recorded a 3:19.063 on his way silver at the Europeans.

This evening in the final Xeno Young was edged out by the Dan and had to settle for silver. The bronze medal ride off was won by Lev Gonov on Russia.

However, the two-man team has conspired to conjure up a day to remember for Irish cycling.

More to follow.

 

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