Shannon McCurley wins silver medal at European Track Championships

Ireland's Shannon McCurley takes silver in the scratch race at the European Track Championships. Credit: UEC.

Twenty-seven year-old Shannon McCurley won a silver medal for Ireland in the scratch race on Day 1 of the European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

The 40-lap race was won by Emily Nelson of Britain in a sprint finish with Poland’s Maria Martins taking the bronze medal.

Speaking after the race Melbourne-born McCurley, who became the first Irish woman to qualify for an Olympic track event in 2016, said:

“With seven laps to go I was right at the back. I think I was hopeful that it was all going to go up and it did and I think with about three (laps) to go I spotted Emily shoot down the bottom and I knew she had good legs, she was coming into this strong, and that was the wheel I wanted to be on.”

“Yeah, it’s been a long time coming. As you saw me at the end of the race, I was speechless.”

— Cycling Ireland (@CyclingIreland) 16 Deireadh Fómhair 2019

A team of 14 Irish riders are competing in the European Championships which conclude on Sunday evening.

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