Lynch claims a second Gold medal for Ireland

Updated: February 11, 2012

Colin Lynch continued Ireland’s sensational start the 2012 Paracycling Track World Championships in LA by winning Gold in the C2 3km pursuit.

Lynch set a new Irish Record of 3:51.640 in the morning qualifiers to ensure top billing for the Gold medal ride off against world record holder Gui Hua Liang of China. Lynch also had to contend with a classification protest just before the final and once he was given the all clear he powered home to beat Liang by six clear seconds in the final.

The Irish team have now claimed three medals, two gold and one silver in the opening two days of the Track World Championships. Yesterday Catherine Walsh and Francine Meehan won gold in the 3km tandem pursuit while James Brown and Damien Shaw won silver in the 4km tandem pursuit.

Also competing at the Velodrome in Carson today was Enda Smyth who finished fifth in the C3 3km Individual Pursuit setting a new Irish Record of 3:52.622. Cathal Miller also finished in fifth place in the C5 Individual Pursuit just outside a ride off for a bronze medal in a time of 4:50.611.

Katie-George Dunlevy and Pilot Sandra Fitzgerald set a PB time of 1:16.4147 in the tandem 1km Individual Time Trial which left them in 12th place and while Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan finished in 7th place in a time of 1:13.826. Male tandem pairings of James Brown and Damien Shaw finished in 14th place in a time of 1:07.950 and were followed closely by Andy Fitzgerald and Com Collis in 17th place in a time of 1:08.233.

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