Cathal Miller misses out on 4km pursuit final

Updated: Saturday, 01 Sep 2012 16:09

Cathal Miller has not made the 4km pursuit final
Cathal Miller has not made the 4km pursuit final

In a morning where the world record was broken twice, Cathal Miller failed to qualify for the 4km pursuit final in a time of 4:49.237.

That time placed Miller eighth, with the top four making the medal races.

Speaking after the event, Miller said: “The wheels came off the wagon when [Jon-Allen] Butterworth (Great Britain) passed me. I feel I let everyone down."

It was a harsh race for Miller where the crowd willed his opponent to a world record time, with Miller being passed by the rider during the race.

Meanwhile, in an event that is not their priority, James Brown and Damien Shaw finished a fine ninth position in the 1km time trial, an event which is not their priority, in a time of 1:07.979.

In a drama-filled affair the event was won by world silver medallists Neil Fachie and Barney Storey from Team GB, with the British world champions Anthony Kappes and Craig Maclean not being awarded a third restart following two mechanicals.

Speaking after their 1km race today, where the Irishmen clocked an average speed of almost 53kmph, Brown said: “We are happy with our performance, our main event is the 4km pursuit, if we concentrated on every event there would be something wrong, we got a PB, you can’t ask for much more.”

Shaw added: “It was great experience racing in front of the crowd again, the atmosphere here is brilliant.”

While the bike was fourth in action, the two bikes before them suffered mechanical failure while leaving the gates and were awarded a re-start.

When asked if this affected their performance Brown demonstrated the level of professionalism and focus of the Irish saying “that was their mechanical, it was nothing to do with us, we focused on our own performance.”