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Eoin Mullen finishes 27th and Caroline Ryan comes 13th at Track World Championships

Updated: Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 21:29 | Comments

Eoin Mullen placed 27th in the sprint
Eoin Mullen placed 27th in the sprint

Eoin Mullen has finished 27th in the men’s sprint qualifiers at the World Track Cycling Championships in Minsk.

The 27th-place finish meant Mullen didn't advance to the next round, with only the top 24 of 41 riders progressing.

Mullen clocked a time of 10:32.

Caroline Ryan was also in action on the track this evening.

However, the 2012 world points race bronze medallist could not repeat her feat from Melbourne this time out.

Ryan finished 13th in the points race, bringing Ireland's participation in the championships to a close.

This rounded up Ireland’s most successful World Track Cycling Championships of all-time, following Martyn Irvine’s sensational gold medal win in the scratch race, along with the silver medal he won in the individual pursuit less than an hour earlier on Thursday.

Speaking from Minsk, track cycling coach Andy Sparks said: “It’s the first time in history that an Irish team have walked away with a World Championship jersey and two medals.

"With three years before Rio, we could not have started a new Olympic cycle better.”

Sparks has had an extremely successful championship, with several of his athletes winning medals.

One of these was Ryan’s training partner, Sofia Arreola Navarro of Mexico, who won silver in both the women’s scratch race and points race.

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