Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan win silver for Ireland

Updated: Monday, 03 Sep 2012 12:09

Fran Meehan (left) and Catherine Walsh have secured silver
Fran Meehan (left) and Catherine Walsh have secured silver

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Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan have won silver in the para-cycling individual B pursuit final at the Velodrome today.

The Irish pairing were beaten to gold by New Zealand’s Philippa Gray and Laura Thompson

The Irish duo went out faster than they had in the qualifiers this morning, on a bigger gear, and at the 1km mark were a mere 0.2 second down.

However, the swift New Zealand pair, who have been focusing on this event, raised their game.

By the 2km mark this lead extended to 1.9 seconds, and at the finish there were three seconds between Ireland and the gold medal.

Walsh said: “The team had a couple of fourths, so it was hard during the week. We were able to finish off what we said we were going to do.”

Katie-George Dunlevy and Sandra Fitzgerald narrowly missed out on qualification for the final this afternoon; the duo placed fifth in this morning’s qualifiers.

Also in action were Colin Lynch, Cathal Miller and Enda Smyth in the mixed C1 to 5 team sprint.

As first starters the trio broke the Paralympic record in a time of 56.401, which they held for several rounds.

The Irish team came home in eighth place, with the top-four bikes making the final later on this evening.

Speaking after the race the team credited Terry Cromer with their smooth transitions to deliver this record.

Lynch said: “We broke the Paralympic record, and held it for a while, that’s just great.”

Miller added: “This team have produced such great performances so far.

"It was unbelievable to come out and break the Paralympic record in the opening rounds." 

Smyth added: “Not bad for three auld fellows.”