Mullen achieves goal of breaking Irish record

Updated: Sunday, 20 Jan 2013 13:01

Switzerland-based Eoin Mullen has knocked almost a second off the Irish National Record in the 200m Sprint event at the Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico.

Generating a speed of 72.252km per hour, the time was 0.7seconds off qualifying for the next round.

The promising young sprinter is based in the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, where he is coached by some of the top sprinting coaches in the world, and the 20-year-old rider from the Aran Islands has been steadily improving since his transition from the junior ranks.

In an event that was won by Juan Gascon Peralta, in a time of 9.633, Mullen’s time put him in 23rd place.

With 49 starters, this was a super result, although only the top 16 riders proceeded to the next round. Neiderlag of Germany took silver, with Japan’s Nakagawa in bronze.

Coach Brian Nugent said: “Eoin came here looking for a new Irish record and achieved that comfortably, with a great ride.

"This time it was just outside the top 16, but Eoin is consistently getting faster.”