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Boylan nabs silver at UCI Track Cycling World Championships

(L-R) Silver medalist Ireland's Lydia Boylan, winner Australia's Alexandra Manly and third placed Kirsten Wild of The Netherlands' celebrate during the award ceremony for the Women's Point Race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszkow
(L-R) Silver medalist Ireland's Lydia Boylan, winner Australia's Alexandra Manly and third placed Kirsten Wild of The Netherlands' celebrate during the award ceremony for the Women's Point Race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszkow
Ireland's Lydia Boylan, silver medal and US's Jennifer Valente compete in the women's points race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championship in Pruszkow

Lydia Boylan has won a silver medal at the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the Pruszkow Arena in Poland.

The Dublin-born rider, who competes for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games, took second spot in the Points Race to add to Dromore man Mark Downey's bronze medal, won on Friday evening.

Boylan won the third sprint and with five laps to go, had battled her way to the gold medal position.

In a close finish, Australia's Alexandra Manly grabbed the win as Boylan held on to secure second.

“It still hasn’t sunk in that I’ve finally done something on the world stage. It’s a big boost of confidence for me, for sure," she said, discussing the tight finish.

“That sort of racing suits me, because I know I can just dig deeper – we push ourselves so hard in training.

“I kept taking a sneaky look up at the leaderboard, and I knew I needed to move up.

"I moved up and I gave it my best, but the legs fell off a bit in the last couple of laps. I still can’t believe it.”

Mark Downey's bronze in Friday's men's points race was Ireland's first medal at the World Championships since Martyn Irvine in 2014. Newtownards man Irvine won a gold and a silver in 2013 and added another silver the following year.

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