Irvine medals make Irish history at cycling worlds

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Martyn Irvine has made history for Ireland by winning its first men's medals at the world track cycling championships in 116 years.

Irvine won the silver in the individual pursuit and within an hour won the scratch race.

He's the first Irishman to medal at the track worlds since Harry Reynolds in 1897.

Irvine finished second to defending champion Michael Hepburn of Australia in the pursuit. He produced a spirited attack over the last 10 laps to claim gold in the scratch race.

In a rematch of last year's Olympics and world finals in the women's team pursuit, Britain beat Australia for gold. Canada won the bronze.

Wai Sze Lee of Hong Kong earned her first world title in the 500-meter time trial, while Germany edged New Zealand by 0.049 seconds to win the men's team sprint.

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