Ireland's Felix English and Mark Downey have provisionally secured Olympic qualification in the Men's Madison at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin.

The duo finished 11th, crucially seeing off the challenge of Hong Kong and Portugal to provisionally secure an Olympic spot, pending UCI ratification on Tuesday.

Downey expressed delight after the race.

"I'm absolutely over the moon," he said.

"It's been a long process for two years now and I think we needed 101 things to go our way today.

"We woke up this morning and the two of us were so nervous because we knew we just couldn’t make one mistake and it just goes to show that, yeah we’ve had our backs up against the wall now for nearly a year and a half and we’ve done it in the last [race] so that’s pretty special."

English highlighted the target they had prior to the race in looking to pip Hong Kong and Portugal.

"It was just mad," he said.

"We knew everyone, especially those top five teams were just going to be untouchable essentially. And then we had two teams we needed to look at, which was Hong Kong and Portugal.

"We needed to put five spots into Hong Kong, and we needed to just beat Portugal in the race."

The race was won by Danish pair Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Morkov - bringing the latter a golden end to a week in which he had to spend 34 hours in isolation in his hotel room over coronavirus fears, having arrived from the cancelled UAE Tour.

Two days ago I was afraid I would not even participate in the event here," said Morkov.

"I have been lucky how the UCI handled the whole situation, examined me and been very helpful in order for me to start this event, so I can't thank them enough for taking good care of my case.

"It's hard to describe being world champion here after two days being in the room."