Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Irvine's cycling dream over

Martyn Irvine has conceded that he is unlikely to secure an Olympic medal

Irish cyclist Martyn Irvine admits his chances of a medal in the men's omnium are over but has vowed to put in an improved performance on Sunday.

The 27-year-old from Newtownards had a disappointing day in the velodrome, closing in 10th position after three of the competition's six events.

He started off with a ninth-placed finish in the 250m flying lap, clocking 13.504 seconds, and was then sixth with a score of 47 in the points race.

But his podium ambitions took a hammering when he was the fourth rider out of 18 to exit out in the elimination race.

"It was a reality kick," he said. "My aim was to be top six or seven going into the last day and I feel a medal for me was doable.

"You dream of a medal, there's a lot of hard work and you hope for the best but it isn't to be.

"In the endurance side I feel I've been at my best and right up there but it's just about tactics and my rider-type lets me down. I'm not a sprinter and that's what the elimination race needs.

"Bunch racing and sprinting lets me down a heap."

Although Irvine was clearly upset as he left the track, he has vowed to prove his quality when Sunday's events - the 4km pursuit, the 15km scratch race and the one kilometre time-trial - get under way.

"I'll give myself a shake, get up and put a bit of fire in my belly and for tomorrow," he said. "Tomorrow is my stronger day. I know I can climb a few places, I'm always in the top four or six for the strength and endurance events."

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