Ireland have qualified for the women's Madison and Omnium at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley survived a brutal race in the World Championship Madison to finish 11th.
The result has added to Ireland’s points tally throughout the qualification period and qualifies two slots in the Madison and one slot in the Omnium, though the identity of the riders has yet to be determined.
Boylan and Gurley scored two points from an intermediate sprint in the early stages of the 30-kilometre race but one of many crashes during the race saw Boylan hit the deck.
She was not seriously injured and was able to re-join the race on a spare bike. Gurley was forced to extend her effort as she waited for Boylan to re-join the race and provide some relief as they averaged over 50kph.
"It was carnage from my point of view anyway," said Gurley.
"I think it wasn't pretty, but we got the job done and that was the most important thing today. We would have liked a better result, but we took the points and we fought, we really had to fight there.
Earlier Kelly Murphy set a new Irish national record at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin.
She finished in a time of 3:29.699 to claim 15th place in the Women's Individual Pursuit.
It comes just days after Murphy was part of an Irish team that set a new team pursuit national record on Wednesday.
Lara Gillespie, Mia Griffin, Alice Sharpe and Murphy had taken four seconds off the previous best, set in Minsk in October 2019 to reach the quarter-finals.
NEW IRISH RECORD ⏱ 3:29.699— Cycling Ireland (@CyclingIreland) February 29, 2020
Kelly Murphy has smashed the Irish Record for the Individual Pursuit at the Track World Championships in Berlin.
The previous record was 3:30.687 which Kelly set at the European Championships in October. pic.twitter.com/gzGKvRipMH
Team Ireland cyclists are aiming to qualify Olympic slots in the Women's Madison, with Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley in action on Saturday and the Men’s Madison on Sunday featuring Mark Downey and Felix English.
Alice Sharpe will compete in the Women's Points Race.