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Downey and English on track for ninth spot


Lost ground: Mark Downey

Lost ground: Mark Downey

Lost ground: Mark Downey

Ireland pair Mark Downey and Felix English finished ninth in the Madison at the World Track Championships in Apeldoorn yesterday.

Winners Germany finished 42 points ahead of the duo, Dromore man Downey and Brighton-born English, who claimed 11 points.

Spain clinched silver on 45 points followed by Australia in third with 37.

Banbridge rider Downey, who will represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, came in 11th in the points race on Friday.

The 21-year-old won three World Cup gold medals but he lost ground in the closing stages in the Netherlands. There were no more medals for Great Britain on the final day but the team will leave Apeldoorn happy with a week that yielded six in all.

Gold medals came in the men's team pursuit and women's Madison, Laura and Jason Kenny helped win silver in the women's team pursuit and men's team sprint, while young riders Jack Carlin and Mark Stewart had a silver and bronze respectively.

There was almost one more medal in the final event of the week, but Ollie Wood and Mark Stewart missed out on bronze by one point to Australia in the Madison - won by Germany.

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