Irish rider blasts into pursuit medal ride off at Euro Champs

Posted on: July 13th, 2016

Having come from a rowing background, Xeno Young has now put himself right in contention for a medal at the European Track Championships in Italy.


Still only a first-year junior, Xeno Young has just signaled his arrival onto the international stage by blasting his way into the bronze medal ride off in the junior individual pursuit at the European Track Championships in Italy.

Young was 4th fastest in the pursuit qualifiers this morning in a time of 3mins 20.521secs, lowering the previous Irish record for the event set by Michael O’Loughlin last year by just under five seconds.

The Co Down rider will now face Reece Wood of Great Britain in a head-to-head to decide the destination of the bronze medal.

Wood recorded a time in the 3km qualifiers of 3mins 19.386secs, just over once second quicker than Young.

And on the basis of how tight the margin between them was in the qualifiers, the Irish junior goes into the bronze medal ride-off secure in the knowledge the final step on the podium is now well within his grasp.

Also in action earlier today in the Montichiari Velodrome, Ciara Doogan was 6th in the junior women’s pursuit in a time of 2mins 28.138secs.

Nicole Gorry finished 13th in the same event, and Luke Smith was 15th in the same race as Young.

In the junior women’s sprint Shenna McKiverigan finished 9th in a race where the top eight riders progressed, narrowly missing out.

As well as Young’s medal ride-off later today, Smith and Cathal Purcell will compete in the junior men’s kilo event.

Yesterday, on the opening day of competition, Josie Knight was 9th in the U23 women’s pursuit and Mark Downey was 17th in the men’s event.

In the junior men’s team pursuit the Irish quartet of Young, Purcell, Smith and Tom Knight were 7th while McKiverigan was 6th in the junior women’s scratch race.