Martyn Irvine finished in ninth position in the 1km Time Trial the final event of the Men’s Omnium at the Velodrome in London’s Olympic Park Saturday night.
Thus he also finished in ninth position overall in the Omnium.
Later he said he was “disappointed not to have finished higher but a year ago I would have snapped your arm off to be in this position.”
Importantly he finished ahead of his main rivals for an Olympic place, riders from Belgium and Denmark included.
Gold went to Juan Esteban Arango of Colombia(21 points), with Ho Sung Cho of Korea taking silver (32) and bronze for Zach Bell of Canada(33). Irvine finished on 50 points.
Full result of Men’s Omnium:
18:46pm 18th Feb
Ireland’s Martyn Irvine is currently lying seventh overall with two events to go in the Omnium at the UCI World Track Championships at the Velodrome in Olympic Park.
Irvine got off to a flying start in the pursuit event and was fastest of the 22 riders on their 1000m times. It was an exceptionally good performance from Irvine though he tired in the final stages
finishing in eight place in the pursuit, with a time of 4:31.422
Omnium leader Colombian Juan Esteban Arango finished top again today with 4:24.087 to extend his lead with but two more events to go.
Pursuit Top 8 :
1 ARANGO Juan Esteban COL 4:24.087
2 BELL Zach CAN 4:25.057
3 CHO Ho Sung KOR 4:26.340
4 SWIFT Benjamin GBR 4:28.272
5 KLUGE Roger GER 4:29.172
6 FOLSACH Casper DEN 4:29.682
7 TERUEL ROVIRA Eloy ESP 4:30.444
8 IRVINE Martyn IRL 4:31.422
Eoin McMullen ,the young 18 years old from Kilronan in the Aran Islands gained valuable ‘big race’ experience this morning when he competed in the Keiren as among his rivals was the great Sir Chris Hoy.
Hoy eventually won their heat 4 the hard way but full marks to Mullen for his efforts as the Irishman tried to surprise his rivals , made an early break and stretched out the field. Hoy was left with a lot of work to do with just one lap to go but much to the delight of the home crowd came good with a typical ‘from the back’ win. Alas there was to be no happy ending for Mullen as he did not finish in his repechage but he will have learnt a lot from his efforts in heat four that will stand him in good stead for the future.
A gutsy performance from Ireland’s Martyn Irvine, here at the Velodrome last night as he ended the day in seventh place overall in the Men’s Omnium despite being involved in a horrific crash earlier in the evening which resulted in the race being halted and emergency repairs having to be carried out to the track.
In fact despite this crash, involving four riders, Irvine went on to win the next race, the sprint, when the race restarted
Olympic hope Irvine finished the night in seventh place having been 12th in the third Omnium and final event of Friday’s proceedings , the elimination race.
In the points race, Irvine won the last sprint and was fifth and third in two others. He was also among a number of riders who gained a lap, eventually finishing 6th in that event.
Young Aran Islander, Eoin McMullen from Kilronan finished in a creditable 15th position in the men’s 1km time trial here in a time of 1.05.241 . The 18 years old McMullen went to school at Kings Hospital in Dublin and recently moved to Aigle to further his career.
Before heading for London, he told “StickyBottle.com” :
“London will definitely be the most competitive of the World Cups this season coming so close to the Olympics; last chance for points for many and one where riders with be trying to establish their own position within their own nation too. All this just adds to the excitement though.”
“The three events I’ll be doing are sprint events; the sprint, kilo and keirin. And I think it is a bit early in my career to start specializing in one. I’ll continue to train hard for each one but I have been working hard and would hope my times will reflect that.”
Men’s Omnium Qualifying – Heat 2
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) 8 pts
2 Zach Bell (Can) 7
3 Roger Kluge (Ger) 7
4 Hao Liu (Chn) 5
5 Martyn Irvine (Irl) 5
6 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) 5
16 riders took part
1 BELL Zach CAN 13.295 67.694
2 ARANGO Juan Esteban COL 13.316 67.587
3 LIU Hao MSP 13.425 67.039
4 COQUARD Bryan FRA 13.428 67.024
5 CHO Ho Sung KOR 13.448 66.924
6 ARCHBOLD Shane NZL 13.464 66.844
7 VIVIANI Elia ITA 13.467 66.830
8 KLUGE Roger GER 13.519 66.572
9 IRVINE Martyn IRL 13.521 66.563
10 LEA Bobby USA 13.547 66.435
22 riders took part
Points Race (30km)
1 TERUEL ROVIRA Eloy ESP 51
2 ARANGO Juan Esteban COL 41
3 MANSILLA Luis CHI 36
4 VIVIANI Elia ITA 35
5 KOVALEV Ivan RVL 30
6 IRVINE Martyn IRL 28
7 KLUGE Roger GER 28
8 RATAJCZYK Rafal POL 23
9 CHO Ho Sung KOR
10 COQUARD Bryan FRA