Mark Downey has clinched a bronze medal for Ireland at the Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszkow in Poland.

Downey was well positioned throughout the points race, moving between fourth and fifth place before climbing up to third coming into the final nine laps.

He held onto that spot before the end of the race to secure his place on the podium.

"That was crazy out there now," a thrilled Downey said.

"I’ve had so many ups and downs the last year and a half of my career. I had a crash on the track, finished fourth in the National Championships Road Race and I was bawling my eyes out after it.

"I was always there or thereabouts in races, but, I never really picked up that win -  I was beaten by inches in the summer at the Tour de l’Avenir - so I’ve had that feeling of being fourth so many times in my career.

"I just got that urge with eight laps to go, I said: ‘I can’t feel like this again, this literally can’t happen to me again. If this happens to me again, I’ll get the nickname, 'the Nearly Man’.

"That result is just for all the staff at Cycling Ireland and all the people behind me, my family, all the support staff, everyone that’s just got me up every morning, just kept me on the straight and narrow."

Downey’s medal is Ireland’s first UCI Track Cycling World Championships medal since Martyn Irvine won silver in the 2014 scratch race, having won gold in the same race in 2013, and silver in that year's individual pursuit World Championship.

Downey will ride again on Sunday, joining regular partner Felix English in the Men’s Madison - an Olympic event for Tokyo 2020.