A delighted Eoin Mullen has added his first international sprint victory to the bronze medal he took in the European Championships during the summer, once again underlining his progress towards the top against the biggest and most powerful men of the bike game.
Eoin Mullen has taken his first international win on the track, storming to victory in the sprint at the Three Days of Aigle meeting in Switzerland at the weekend.
He adds his victory on the international stage to the bronze medal he won in the U23 sprint at the European Championships in July, which was his first medal at a major championships.
The young Irishman, who was this weekend riding for the UCI’s centre of excellence which is based in Aigle, was second fastest in the 200 metre qualifying which commenced the sprint competition on Saturday.
He clocked a time of 10.151 seconds, which was beaten only by Eric Balzer. The German rider was marginally better than Mullen in a time of 10.142.
Hugo Brennan of the Sundrive Track Team was also competing in the same event and he took 16th in the 200metres, in a time of 11.258seconds.
That result meant Brennan went against fastest man Balzer in the head-to-head of the next round, where he was beaten by the German. Mullen was up against Camiel Lok of the Netherlands in the same round and beat him.
Defending champion Flavio Vagner Cipriano of Brazil leads Eoin Mullen in the final of the sprint competition at the Three Days of Aigle.
Brennan’s defeat meant he went into the B quarter finals head-to-head with another German, Robert Kanter.
The Irishman was beaten, ending his involvement in the competition but having banked invaluable exposure to international sprinting after emerging as one of the fastest riders on the home scene in recent years.
Mullen advanced to the A quarter finals where he met Fernando Sikora of Brazil, whom he easily put to bed.
That victory sent him into the A semi finals against Hungarian Sandor Szalontay, who had been 3rd in the 200metre qualifier.
Mullen won the first two of three sprints to advance into the final where he met defending champion Flavio Vagner Cipriano of Brazil in the head to head for 1st and 2nd.
And Mullen again won the first two of three sprints to take the title, his first at an international meeting and a major boast for the man from the Arran Islands as he looks forward to trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics.