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MEDAL ALERT: Second Silver for Ireland - Thanks to Xeno Young

20/07/2017
MEDAL ALERT: Second Silver for Ireland - Thanks to Xeno Young

Xeno Young has won Ireland’s second silver medal at the UEC Junior and U23 Track European Championships in Portugal tonight, finishing behind Ivan Smirnov (Russia) in the gold medal final of the Men’s Junior Individual Pursuit.

Young’s 3.19.063 was the second fastest time in the Individual Pursuit qualifying rounds earlier today, guaranteeing the County Down man a European medal, and a chance to ride for gold. 2016 silver medallist, Smirvov, qualified for the ride off with 3.16.462, favourite for the title.


Speaking after the race, a relieved Young said: “I gave it everything. I knew going into it that if I raced my usual pace he would be faster, so I just went for it. I figured that if I blew up, I blew up, and it would be worth giving it a go.”


After leading for the first half of the race, the fast pace took its toll on Young, with the Russian moving into the gold medal position: “The last few laps were brutal! In that race, I did my slowest and fastest lap! I think my first kilometre was nearly a kilo record, but I’m really pleased with my medal, it feels good.”

Standing on the podium was particularly special for the seventeen-year-old, having finished fourth in this event last year: “Last year I didn’t know what to expect before the race, so it was completely different this year. I knew I was fast, so it was a lot easier this year – but I still felt like I had a lot of pressure, having come so close.”


“I’m really happy with how I went in the qualifiers, I paced it well, and now the medal is definitely a motivator for the rest of the races this week. I feel a lot more confident!”


Luke Smith finished 14th in the same race with a time of 3.27.255.


Limerick woman Autumn Collins was also in action today, in the U23 Women’s Sprint. Collins 200m time of 12.323 was enough to qualify her for the match sprints, where she was pitted against German powerhouse Pauline Grabosch, who progressed to the next round. The final standings in the Women’s U23 Sprint will see Collins in 16th place.


Tomorrow will be another big day for the Irish team, with Xeno Young back in action in the Men’s Junior Omnium, and Mark Downey competing in the Men’s U23 Points Race, an event in which he won silver last year. Nicole Gorry will also be racing, competing in the Women’s Junior Omnium, a competition consisting of four separate bunch races.


The UEC Junior and U23 Track European Championships take place in the Sangalhos Velodrome in Anadia, Portugal from the 18 – 23 July 2017.


Day

Event

Athlete

RESULTS

Tuesday 18th July

Men’s Junior Team Pursuit

Shane Higgins

JB Murphy

Luke Smith

Xeno Young

10 4.20

Tuesday

18th July

Men’s U23 Elimination Race

Fintan Ryan

6

Tuesday

18th July

Women’s Jun Scratch Race

Nicole Gorry

10

Tuesday

18th July

Men’s Jun Scratch Race

Shane Higgins

14

Wednesday 19th July

Men’s U23 Scratch Race

Fintan Ryan

8

Wednesday 19th July

Men’s Jun Elimination

JB Murphy

2 Silver

Thursday 20th July

Women’s U23 Sprint

Autumn Collins

16

Thursday 20th July

Men’s Jun Individual Pursuit

Luke Smith

Xeno Young

14 3.27.255

2 Silver 3.19.063 q

Friday

21st July

Women’s Jun Omnium

Nicole Gorry

Friday

21st July

Men’s Jun Omnium

Xeno Young

Friday

21st July

Women’s Jun 500m

Nicole Gorry

Friday

21st July

Men’s U23 Points

Mark Downey

Saturday 22nd July

Men’s U23 Omnium

Mark Downey

Saturday 22nd July

Women’s U23 500m

Autumn Collins

Saturday 22nd July

Women’s Jun Points

Orla Harrison

Saturday 22nd July

Men’s Jun Points

Luke Smith

Sunday

23rd July

Women’s U23 Keirin

Autumn Collins

Sunday

23rd July

Men’s Jun Madison

Xeno Young

Luke Smith

Sunday

23rd July

Men’s U23 Madison

Mark Downey

Fintan Ryan

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