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Gold & Two Bronze Medals for Ireland in Paralympic TT Events

Mark Rohan struck Ireland's first gold medal in cycling at the Paralympic Games with victory in the men's H1 time trial this afternoon. There was also medal success for Ulster when Portaferry native, James Brown won a bronze in the men's tandem time trial along with his pilot, Damien Shaw. Silver medalists from the pursuit on the track, Catherine Walsh piloted by Fran Meehan added to the Irish medal haul with a bronze in the women's tandem time trial. The squad is coached by Cookstown's Brian Nugent while Gerry Beggs from Banbridge is the team mechanic. Cycling Ulster congratulates the squad on their outstanding performances.

CI Press Release can be seen below.

Patrick Withers (Admin Officer)

Gold for Rohan, Bronze for Both Tandems

In what has been an historic moment in the history of cycling in Ireland, the Paracycling team has had a medal haul in the Time Trial events with a Gold for Mark Rohan and Bronze for the tandems of James Brown and Damien Shaw, and Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan. The women’s second tandem of Katie-George Dunlevy and Sandra Fitzgerald also performed superbly to finish in an incredible 5th place.

Mark Rohan was always the main man to beat in the Men’s Individual H1 Time Trial, going into the event as reigning World Champion, and he set the tone early on, posting the fastest time at the halfway mark. Finishing in a time of 35.41.54 Rohan beat his nearest rival, Lion of Israel, by over 11 seconds.

After the event Rohan said “I am delighted with my result, there was a lot of pressure on me to perform today”. Like all the athletes he credited his success to the strong team around him, with Coach Brian Nugent, Manager Denis Toomey and Mechanics Gerry Beggs and Terry Cromer being of crucial assistance.

First off this afternoon were Brown and Shaw who came tantalising close to a medal in the Pursuit last week, who were not regarded as favourites for a medal. However, the duo, who are together since last December, have been inching towards a medal  throughout the World Cup Series. Gold went to Spain, with reigning World Champions Italy in Silver.

After the race Brown said “we are riding a new bike, we opted for power rather than aerodynamics, and it really seems to have paid off”.

Walsh and Meehan were next off in the women’s tandem who won silver in the Pursuit on the track earlier this week. Despite being World Bronze Medalists in this event, the pair were not treating it as a priority event, and were not confident that the course would suit them prior to the event. However, after their rest day yesterday they were able to put in a massive effort to come away with a Bronze medal in an event won by The Netherlands, with New Zealand in second place.

After the event Meehan said “we have a really strong team, and I think that’s what has moved us on, we support each other, share our advice, and it means we all improve.

Dunlevy and Fitzgerald also rode an incredible race to finish in 5th place, just 19 seconds behind Walsh and Meehan.

The Time Trial, also known as the test of truth, is a race against the clock, with riders starting one minute apart. Based in Brands Hatch the course is an 8km loop with 4km being within the race circuit, and 4km out on the surrounding roads.

Cycling Ireland

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