Saturday 18 November 2017

Mullen happy with eighth-place finish

Ryan Mullen competes during day six of 2015 European Games in Baku
Ryan Mullen competes during day six of 2015 European Games in Baku

David Hooper

Ryan Mullen finished eighth in cycling's 50k time trial in Baku yesterday.

"I left everything out there," smiled the 20-year-old who took silver at the World U-23 time trial last September and finished third in this year's An Post Rás.

Mullen, ranked number 19 before the race, posted 30:54 for the 25.2km first lap - just over a minute behind the winner, Vasil Kiryienka from Belarus.

"I'm always a bit like that. I tend to go hard for the first 10 to 15k and then fade a little, but that's just the style I ride. It's just go hard or go home," he said.

Pre-race favourite Kiryienka, who won May's Giro d'Italia individual time trial, lived up to his favourite's tag by completing the Bilgah Beach course in 59 minutes, 36.03 seconds to claim gold.

Stef Clement of the Netherlands won silver in 1:00:46.08, while Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez Gil took bronze in 1:01:08.90.

Caroline Ryan finished 15th in the women's time trial, posting 23:29.55 for the 25.8km. The 35-year-old veteran is also entered for tomorrow's 120.7km road race.

Meanwhile, gymnast Kieran Behan finished in 17th position in the men's all-round individual floor final, over nine points behind European games gold medallist Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine.

"I am really satisfied to be out there competing against such great opponents. The atmosphere in the arena was tremendous" explained London 2012 Olympian Behan.

"I felt I could have done a lot better," he added. "I had a slight mistake on the pummel, then on the parallel bar. It was strange, I didn't get any time.

"I put honey on my hand, but had no time to put the chalk on, so I had to go straight away, and actually got a penalty," explained a disappointed Behan.

Elsewhere, there was no luck for Chloe Aboud, defeated by Sweden's No 1-ranked Elin Johanson in round one of taekwondo to exit Baku 2015, or for Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Dolly, who lost who out to Spain's Friev Naskidaeva.

Irish Independent

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