Mullen bounces back with strong display in New Zealand

Posted on: December 6th, 2015

Eoin Mullen bounced back from a disappointing World Cup in Cali last month when he advanced to the 1/16 finals of the men’s 200m sprint event last night. The big man from the Aran Islands was only a fraction of a second slower than fourth place Edward Dawkins (NZL). It’s result that augers well for the Irishman heading into an Olympic year (Photo: Guy Swarbrick)

 

Ireland has ended the second of three UCI Track World Cup campaigns with Eoin Mullen and Lydia Boylan the standout performers in another highly-competitive meeting.

Mullen advanced to the first round of the men’s 200m sprint after finishing 21st of 41 riders in qualifying.

His time of 10.111 was outside his personal best of 9.939 but was considerably faster than some of the more established names in world track sprinting.

It’s been a tough year for the Aran Islander as he’s had to deal with crashes and a subsequent dip in form but he’s coming good at the right time.

Last night’s performance augers well for the final round of the UCI Track World Cup in Hong Kong next month, the World Championships in London in early March and possibly the Olympics in Brazil in August.

He faced Edward Dawkins (NZL) in the 1/16 finals last night and was second best in heat four, his time of 10.434 was 0.104 seconds slower than the home favourite over the three-lap event.

Dawkins made it all the way to the bronze medal ride-off where he lost out to Maximilian Levy (ERD).

 

Ireland’s Shannon McCurley was competing in New Zealand much closer to home than normal as she is based in Australia.

 

In the women’s scratch race, national road race champion Lydia Boylan finished eighth.

The 40-lap, 10-kilometre event featured many of the world’s best riders including Kirsten Wild (Netherlands), Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) and Jolien d’Hoore (Belgium).

But Boylan wasn’t overawed and got stuck in from the start; 8th a very solid result from her.

The only other Irish involvement saw Shannon McCurley compete in the keirin where she finished fifth of sixth in the opening heat.

With only the first two riders advancing to the second round, McCurley went into the first round repechages and managed second of four riders.

However, only the winner made it into the second round and that ended her campaign, though 13th overall is a respectable result.

The final World Cup in the 2015-16 season is in Hong Kong on January 16th and 17th.

The World Track Championships will take place in London from March 2nd to 6th.

 

 

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