Last weekend, Hugh Mulhearne of Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers CC, won the 2012 Individual Pursuit Championships on the Sundrive Outdoor Track in Dublin. This was Mulhearne’s second national title of the year, adding to his National Omnium victory earlier this summer.
The 4km event involves firstly contestants posting a qualifying time and then the top four riders battling it out for the medals. In these final duals for the medals, it’s a question of winner takes all regardless of times posted.
Mulhearne’s aim was to go out and post a qualifying time that would give him a place in the final, and a chance to win another prestigious All-Ireland gold medal. The Carrick Wheelers man did just that posting an amazing time of 4mins 55secs that placed him on top of the leader board, going 5secs faster than his nearest rival, John Lynch of Killcullen CC.
In the final, Mulhearne went hard from the starting gun with the goal of opening up an early advantage over his rival Lynch. Mulhearn’s class proved superior to track specialist Lynch as he led all the way from start to finish, claiming another national title and the prestigious Paul Healion Trophy.
Mulhearne has one more target left for his 2012 season as he outlined his plan to improve on last years 9th place in the 2012 World Masters Track Championships, which are being held in Manchester next month.
Men’s 4km Pursuit Qualifier
Hugh Mulhearne (Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers) 4.55.86
John Lynch (Kilcullen) 5.02.85
Sean Curtis (Sundrive) 5.05.60
Javan Nulty (Dunboyne) 5.10.80
Greg Swinand (Usher) 5.12.56
Brian O’Donnell (Black Rose) 5.14.84
Gareth Enright (Kilcullen) 5.18.77
Tim O’Regan (Dunboyne) 5.20.51
James Lattimore (Sth Dublin) 5.46.81
Ed O’Brien (Bray) 5.49.78
Gwyn Ó Murchú (Sundrive) 5.52.78
John Mernagh (Sundrive) 6.01.03
Brian Coonan (Naas) 6.17.30
Men’s Pursuit Final (Gold / Silver)
1. Hugh Mulearne (Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers) 5.00.52 (Gold)
2. John Lynch 5.03.26 (Silver)
Bronze Medal Ride off
3. Sean Curtis 5.06.43 (Bronze)
4. Javan Nulty 5.10.48