Mullen pays price for crash; narrowly beaten in sprint qualifiers in Colombia

Posted on: January 19th, 2015

Eoin Mullen paid the price last night for his fall on Saturday in Colombia when he was narrowly beaten in the sprint qualifiers (Photo: Guy Swarbrick)


By Brian Canty

Eoin Mullen endured more disappointment last night following his terrible crash in Saturday’s keirin at the UCI World Cup in Colombia when he missed out on qualifying for the 1/16 finals in the sprint event by just one place in the qualifiers.

Some 39 riders took part in the event, with the top 24 advancing to the 1/16 finals.

The Aran Islander recorded a time of 10.290 and an average speed of 69.970kph to finish 25th, five hundredths of a second off Barrette of Canada who took the last qualifying place.

That ended Mullen’s participation at this UCI Track World Cup campaign.

Elsewhere yesterday, Martyn Irvine was back on the boards for the concluding three rounds of the omnium.

First up was the 1km time-trial where he finished in 16th out of 24 men in a time of 1:04:999.

The winning time was 1:01:921, set by Cameron Karwowski of New Zealand.


Martyn Irvine is getting back to his best and this weekend will have done him the power of good. His next big assignment is the UCI World Track Championships in France just a few weeks away.


After that came the flying lap – 250m flying start, 3.5laps – where the Newtownards man was also 16th in a time of 13.602.

The winning time was 13.142, again set by Karwowski. So with just the points race to come, Irvine was 17th overall on 61 points.

Karwowski led the way on 168 points from Max Beyer (Germany) on 164 and Tim Weldt (Netherlands) on 160.

In the 40km points race Irvine showed the aggression that has made him a world champion, launching vicious attack after attack in an effort to scoop up points on offer for the 16 sprints throughout the race.

He won the 3rd sprint, took second in the 8th and 12th sprints, respectively, and 3rd in the 15th sprint.

Those results were enough to nudge him up the overall standings to 16th place on 77 points.

Beyer took the gold medal, Belgium’s Jasper de Buyst was second and We Veldt of the Netherlands took the bronze.


Caroline Ryan started really well in the omnium and put him some superb rounds, but the shorter timed events proved her undoing and she had to be content with 16th overall.


Also bringing her omnium campaign to a close yesterday was Caroline Ryan.

Round 4 saw her compete in the 500m time-trial but she could only manage 21st of 22 riders, clocking a time of 38.436.

In the flying lap she was also 21st in 15.297. And going into the final round – the 25km points race – she was down to 16th overall on 64 points.

And in that latter event she would finish 20th and tally a total of 64 points which saw her remain in 16th overall.

Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) won overall with 190 points from Spain’s Leire Olabberia on 169 points and Anna Knauer of Germany on 166.

The only other Irish competitor in action yesterday was Shannon McCurley.

She was fifth in heat 1 of the 8-lap keirin event, finishing 0.750 of a second slower than winner Caitlin Ward of Australia.

She went into the repechage heats from there but would be last in heat 3; 0.287 of a second slower than winner Lisandra Rodriguez Guerra of Cuba.

Only the winner advanced so that brought an end to the Irish woman’s campaign.