Ireland finished ninth in Madison at the European Championships

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On the final day of competition at the European Track Championships, Ireland finished 9thm Madison is ranked while Orla Walsh is at number 12m in Kerin

In her third event of the competition, Walsh competed in Kerin, advancing via repechage to the semi-finals.

Walsh was delighted to execute the plan and progress to the semi-finals. Speaking about the first round and repechage, Walsh said:

“I’m glad I was able to carry out the plan as I was told, even though it really hurt. The game plan in the first round was to try to get to the black line. Probably one of the worst positions I’ve dealt with is 5. The Polish girl almost got me to the front but then Staryková joined her with another rider on the pace and I was fourth in the race which meant I went straight into the repechage 15 minutes later. Luckily I had a good leg in the heat, Mathilde Grosz, she came in front very early so I just sat on her wheel, and she dragged me around for what seemed like forever, and I finished second which meant I was through to the semi-finals. “

In the semi-finals, Walsh finished outside the top 3 in the race meaning he raced 7-12, eventually finishing 12th.m location

Walsh came away with 13 from the European Championshipsm Set a new national record in the sprint, a 14m Finish in the 500-meter time trial and today’s result – 12m in Kerin

In what was a busy, fast-paced Maddison, Mia Griffin and Lara Gillespie produced top 10 finishes, improving on Ireland’s 13m Made it to last year’s European Championship. Madison started fast with lightning speed putting teams under pressure early in the race. A crash in the opening minutes of the race for Griffin put Ireland back but Griffin quickly remounted his bike and both riders did well to recover. Unable to keep pace, several teams lapped themselves up to 7 times. Ireland finished 9th, finishing two laps down. Among the other 6 teams were Ireland that day.

Scarcely surviving his crash, Griffin injured his shoulder, damaged the AC joint but still hopes to compete in road races.

Head Track Coach, Dan Henchy was pleased with the team’s overall performance at the championships.

“Overall, I am happy with the team’s performance. I can’t fault the team effort this week. It’s been a mixed bag, with some national records some real highs obviously in individual pursuits with Kelly’s results and quite a few bumps and bruises for Orlao and then those who crashed.

“Whenever you take a team to a championship event, you always have highs and lows, but I think some riders need to recover a bit and we learned a lot to take into the world championships and later in the year and then the Olympic qualifiers start early next year.”

Attention now turns to the road for the time trial which takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 17thm. National champion Ben Healy is the sole representative in the men’s time trial while 2022 national champion Kelly Murphy and runner-up Joanna Patterson will fly the flag for Ireland in the women’s time trial.

Schedule Wednesday, 17TH August

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13:00 -14:30 – Women’s Time Trial (Kelly Murphy, Joanna Patterson)

16:30 – 18:00 – Men’s Time Trial (Ben Healy)

LiveScores are now available on IrishScores.com

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