Irvine 'happy' after silver medal

Published Friday, 28 February 2014
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Newtownards rider Martyn Irvine has won a silver medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia, almost a year after breaking his leg.

Irvine 'happy' after silver medal
Ireland's Martyn Irvine (L), won silver medal in Columbia (© Getty)

Irvine, who was defending his world title, finished second in the men's 15km scratch race behind Ivan Kovalev of Russia, while Cheung King Lok of Hong Kong took the bronze.

The podium position was decided on the line.

Speaking after the race, Head Coach Brian Nugent said: "Martyn rode smart from the start, and he was determined to get in the main move. Just when it looked like the break was about to get caught, Martyn forced the pace and moved on alone.

"It was a brave move, and he worked lap after lap, until he lapped the field. No one else can sustain an effort like that, the way Martyn does. With two others already a lap up, it was too much to take the gold, but we're thrilled with the silver medal."

The Irishman had a tough year in 2013, breaking his leg shortly after becoming world scratch champion last February.

Nugent said: "I'm delighted to see him back on the podium here, after the year he has had."

Irvine was back in action on Friday, racing in the Individual Pursuit and Points Race respectively.

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Richard in Ireland wrote (336 days ago):
That was some fight back! Good on you Martyn, congratulations.
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