Crawley Paralympian Katie-George Dunlevy won a bronze medal for Ireland at the World Paracycling Championships in the Netherlands.
She teamed up with her pilot Eve McCrystal to claim won bronze in the Women’s B 3km Individual Pursuit at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn.
The last few months have been really hard coming back from that, but I trained smart, stayed positive and worked hard on rehab.”World Track Paracycling Championships bronze medallist Katie-George Dunlevy
In the ride-off for bronze their time of 3.39.549 was faster than GB’s time of 3.39.650 by .101 second after an exciting race which saw Ireland pull ahead in the closing metres.
New Zealand took the gold medal, with silver going to Japan.
This added to the bronze medal won by Irish team-mate Eoghan Clifford yesterday in the Men’s C3 Pursuit, and Colin Lynch’s fine fourth place position.
In the men’s pursuit this morning Peter Ryan and Damien Shaw finished in eighth place in a time of 4.30.903 in the M B 4km Pursuit.
Although the Irish duo qualified for the bronze medal final as the faster bike, the British pairing of Lora Turnham and Lauryn Therin took the early lead and held a 1.4 second margin for the majority of the race.
With two laps to go Ireland started pulling back, before grabbing the medal on the line.
Dunlevy, from Gossops Green, was delighted with the win: “We had a good ride earlier in the qualifiers, so stuck to the same game-plan, and stayed controlled and on top of the gear.
“It’s such a blur; we didn’t know how close it was until the bang at the end.” McCrystal added that “Neill’s (Delahaye – coach) on the last lap suggested we get a move on. I don’t remember the last lap; I’ve no recollection at all.”
Dunlevy and McCrystal’s result is all the more impressive considering Dunlevy has just recovered from an injury “Up until six weeks ago I was on crutches, in January I tore three ligaments in my ankle and ruptured one.
“The last few months have been really hard coming back from that, but I trained smart, stayed positive and worked hard on rehab.
“When I got back on the track I saw improvements every day, so used that positivity as a drive today.
“I’ve also had great support from my team-mates, from Eve, from my family and friends and from Neill and Cycling Ireland.
“If someone said to me six weeks ago I’d be on the podium I wouldn’t have believed them.”
McCrystal was really impressed with her partner’s determination saying: “I’m delighted with the result, but especially for Katie after her injury. She has been fantastic; and really delivered today. It’s also nice to get one back on the British bike.
“We beat them by the same margin as they got us in the road worlds.”