European Track Championships: Martyn Irvine secures bronze

Martyn Irvine

Martyn Irvine has won a bronze medal at the European Track Championships in the Netherlands, just seven months after fracturing his thigh bone in a crash.

The Newtownards man won Saturday's points race in the omnium event and stayed in touch in Sunday's rounds.

Russia's Victor Manakov took gold with Dutchman Tim Veldt second.

Irvine became the first Irishman to win a World Track Championship cycling gold medal in 117 years in Belarus earlier this year.

The 28-year-old followed his silver medal in the individual pursuit event by taking gold in the 15K scratch race.

Irvine suffered the leg injury while taking part in the Tour of Taiwan in March.

Elsewhere, Britain's Laura Trott, 21, won the female omnium competition, finishing in front of Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands on the countback rule.