Irish women’s New Zealand campaign over after opening round

Posted on: December 4th, 2015

The Irish women’s team have suffered a setback in their bid to qualify for the Olympics in Rio next year after failing to advance from the qualifying stage of last night UCI Track World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand.


The Irish women’s team pursuit squad has finished a disappointing 11th in the qualifying round of the UCI Track World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand.

The foursome of Lydia Boylan, Josie Knight, Caroline Ryan and Mel Spath clocked a time of 4.34.029 for the 4k test.

They were inside the top eight at the halfway point and on course to make the first round but faded in the latter two kilometres, dropping to 10th at the three-quarter stage and finishing 11th.

Their time was a shade quicker than their qualifying time of 4.35.698 from the opening round of the UCI Track World Cup in Cali five weeks ago.

But it was three seconds slower than the personal best they set at the European Championships in mid-October.

There, they were eighth fastest in qualifying, a new national record time of in 4.35.090.

And less than 24 hours later they shaved a massive four seconds off it that marker by clocking 4.31.666 when they beat the Germans in the first round.

It was enough to see them advance to the 5/6 finals against Italy, where they would be beaten.

But in Cambridge last night they failed to get close to their national record, ending their involvement at this campaign.

Canada set the fastest time of 4.19.359, with Australia and New Zealand second and third respectively.

Great Britain sent a second string line-up to the event but still managed to finish eighth in 4.32.453.

The next Irish involvement at this campaign is Eoin Mullen at 8pm tomorrow, Saturday, and Shannon McCurley at the later time of 10.30pm.

They will go in the men’s 200m sprint and women’s keirin, respectively.



UCI Track World Cup

Cambridge, New Zealand

Women’s Team Pursuit qualifying

1 Canada 4:19.359
2 Australia 4:20.157
3 New Zealand 4:23.382
4 USA 4:24.965
5 Italy 4:30.148
6 Belarus 4:30.547
7 China 4:30.818
8 Great Britain 4:32.453
9 Germany 0:04:32.765
10 Poland 0:04:33.146
11 Ireland 0:04:34.029
12 Hong Kong 0:04:36.148
13 Russia 0:04:36.633
14 Japan 0:04:38.429