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Martyn Irvine claims two silver medals in Glasgow

Belfast's Martyn Irvine in the Men's Individual Pursuit Final during the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow
Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Belfast's Martyn Irvine in the Men's Individual Pursuit Final during the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Olympian Martyn Irvine produced a fantastic display at the UCI World Cup in Glasgow at the weekend winning two silver medals.

The Newtownards rider, who competed for Ireland in the multi-disciplined omnium at London 2012, took part in two events in the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome and claimed his first two podium finishes in world cups to go alongside the bronze medal he won at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi for Northern Ireland two years ago in the team pursuit.

On Saturday evening Irvine was up against class opposition in the gold medal ride off in the 4km individual pursuit going head to head with Olympic omnium champion Lasse Norman Hansen.

Irvine clocked a new personal best time of 4:22.745, almost two seconds quicker than the morning qualifying but he was matched by Hansen who clinched the gold medal clocking 4:20.875.

It completed a superb weekend following on from the silver he took in the scratch race on Friday.

“I was really excited about this weekend. It’s the first in over two years that I’ve done something without the Omnium in my mind,” he said. “The lack of stress of the Omnium almost feels enjoyable. I was delighted with the way the weekend went.”

 

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