Lydia Boylan has finished fifth in the Women's Omnium at the European Championships.

The Dublin-born cyclist went into the final race of the eight-event competition with an outside chance of securing a place on the podium and gave it her best shot as she moved up to fourth place in the latter stages of the 20-kilometer Points Race.

Boylan was one of a handful of racers who managed to lap the field, closing in on Italy's Letizia Paternoster in the bronze medal position, however, the Irishwomen acually dropped back in the final sprint and had to settle for fifth place overall. 

"I knew I had to go in aggressive...but fifth overall in this race, in this strong field, I really wasn’t expecting that," said Boylan.

"I always have confidence in the Points Race, I know I can ride hard and last a good 80 laps.

"In the Points Race you just have to take your opportunities. You don’t lose a lot of energy diving down and going with the moves – if they work they work, if they don’t they don’t – you’re better to be in them than not in them. It worked out well today."

Tomorrow Boylan switches her focus to the Madison where she competes with Lydia Gurley.

Earlier, Phil Healy powered into the semi-finals of the 100m at the European Championships, but there was agony for Gina Akpe-Moses, who missed out by just 0.02 seconds.

Healy, 23, came second in heat 3 behind Switzerland's Ajla del Ponte and will race again tomorrow for a place in the final.

"The job today was to come and get a big Q," she told RTÉ Sport afterwards. "I felt like the girls got away from me at the start but I kept coming right through the field. 

"I knew I had my speed and endurance to come through. It was just about staying relaxed.

"I have my recovery protocol all laid out. I'll go back to the hotel, eat and get out here tomorrow and go at it again."

Akpe-Moses finished fifth in her heat, but still had some hope of making the cut with first three in each heat progressing automatically and the next four fastest also advancing.

Starting in lane 4, she clocked 11.63 but was edged out by Italian Irene Siragusa, who came fourth in Healy's heat in 11.61 to take the final. 

Last year, 19-year-old Akpe-Moses claimed gold in the 100m at the European Athletics Under-20 Championships in Italy, and she was eighth in the U20 World Championships final last month. This is her first senior championships.

"I feel good," she said. "I think I actually ran quite well to be honest. It's cool, I'm happy.

"I wasn't nervous, very relaxed. My aim was the World Juniors so that was all the stress gone. I'm quite chilled right now, so it's been good. 

"It's been a great year. I didn't even plan to be here. The fact that I'm here is a bonus. I'm proud of myself. I feel like I'm meant to be on the senior stage. I'm so excited for next year."

Meanwhile, Adam McMullen missed out on a place in the long jump final, finishing 25th overall in qualifying.

The Crusaders AC athlete was 24cms short of making it to the final, jumping 7.47m at the Berlin venue.

Earlier in other cycling news, Ireland's Felix English and Mark Downey finished 11th in the final of the men's Madison final. 

The pair had taken second in their heat in Glasgow to progress.

"It’s disappointing, we had a really tough morning with the qualification, we had to go a lot harder than we thought we would," said English.

"But I thought that if I rode a controlled race this afternoon that it would have been okay.

"The things that we have improved on tactically have now shown up our other flaws.

"Like we are able to follow on the right laps and schedule in for the right time for the sprints which we could never do before.

"But now that we are on those laps, we are going too hard in the sprint and from too far back so positioning in the bunch is now our main focus."

In the pool, Jordan Sloan clocked a disappointing 1:50.76 - over three seconds outside his own Irish record - to take tenth in the 200m freestyle heat.

"I think I’ve just burnt out throughout the year," he said afterwards.

Armagh man Calum Bain also failed to make the semis in the In the men’s 50m butterfly. His 24.93 saw him touch the wall in 10th.