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Caroline Ryan finished fifth in the individual pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico

Updated: Saturday, 19 Jan 2013 13:41 | Comments

Caroline Ryan is in action at the Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico
Caroline Ryan is in action at the Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico

In a time of 3min 35.235 seconds, Caroline Ryan finished the individual pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico in a creditable fifth place.

Her time, just 0.7 seconds outside her personal best, fell just short of qualifying for the bronze medal ride-off.

Katarzyna Pawlowska of Poland took her second gold medal of the World Cup, with Colombian Calle Williams in silver, and Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak in bronze.

The women’s individual pursuit is a 3km time-trial. The qualifying round is a race against the clock, with the two fastest riders qualifying to race again for the gold or silver medal. The third and fourth fastest riders will race again for bronze.

Ryan’s time was just three seconds off fourth fastest rider Brown of Canada. Having already qualified for the World Championships in Minsk next month, Ryan is steadily getting closer to the podium.

In the keirin, Eoin Mullen raced strongly, acquitting himself well against the experienced field or riders.

With the keirin being an Olympic discipline, the pace of the race will always be intense. In the first round Mullen finished seventh in his heat -  a heat which was won by eventual gold medallist Buchli.

Following this result Mullen moved to the first repechage, where fifth in his heat was not enough for him to progress to the second round. The gold medal went to Buchli, Watanabe took silver, with Pervis in bronze.

Mullen (20), who is making a smooth transition into the senior ranks, will race again today in the Sprint Events.

In the first round of the sprints he will be the 31st starter, the top 16 riders in the 200m Time Trial will qualify for the next round.

Coach Andy Sparks said “Eoin is gaining a lot of experience racing against the World’s best at the World Cup. He will gain a lot from racing against the elite riders.”

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